Damon Says Next Bourne Might Be a Prequel Without Him
I don't think Universal knows what the hell to do with the Bourne franchise. They tried getting a new script written for two years following The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, but to no success. Then late last year, series director Paul Greengrass suddenly quit Bourne 4 over "problems with Universal," prompting Matt Damon to say he wouldn't continue as Bourne without Greengrass. Well, that's all they needed to hear, as they're considering a prequel without Damon. Empire has the scoop straight from Matt Damon himself: "There'll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one."
Damon added that, "just because I think we're probably another five years away from doing it – we've got to get a script…" It's almost ironic that Universal has gone through numerous writers for Bourne 4 and yet they still "don't have a script." In fact, even Damon admits that Universal doesn't know what the heck to do. "If you have any ideas, call Universal," he laughed. "They'd love for you to get in touch!" I'm sure they would! It sounds like they're desperate to keep this franchise alive, probably because they're in need of another big success (and this is one of few successful franchises they've had in recent years). But it was supposed to end after Ultimatum and now they just don't know where to take it next. Or they just can't agree upon a script.
Empire actually puts a positive spin on this, saying: "And in a way, this could mean that audiences could well get the best of both worlds – they would get a prequel that shows just how badass Bourne was before he became the amnesiac assassin with a conscience, and eventually get to see an older, wiser Damon reprise the role for one final time." Well, if you put it that way, that actually sounds pretty damn cool. But in all seriousness, does anyone want see some kid play Bourne in a prequel before going back to Damon again years later? Whatever the case, this isn't confirmed, so don't take it as fact until we hear from Universal.