Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon Get Back Together for More Bourne
It might be hard to believe, but Universal Pictures has managed to convince director Paul Greengrass and The Bourne Identity franchise star Matt Damon back together for the fourth film in the series following secret government organization Jason Bourne. This will be the third time Greengrass and Damon have worked on the Bourne series together (Doug Liman directed the first film in 2002), and we never really thought the studio could success in getting the duo back together after they couldn't figure out a way to continue the story of Jason Bourne after The Bourne Ultimatum when the character learned about his past.
Well, Deadline says that a story has been cracked and Universal is so excited about the prospect that the July 16th, 2016 release date that was meant for the sequel to The Bourne Legacy will instead go to this new Jason Bourne sequel. That likely means we won't see Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross coming into contact with Jason Bourne in some way, unless they figure out a way to tease The Bourne Legacy sequel as well (we've already seen how their stories overlap before now, but they've never directly crossed paths).
We won't count out the potential for Renner and Damon to appear together, but for now it sounds like Jason Bourne is the priority (for good reason) and Aaron Cross will just have to wait in the bench to get back in the game. And considering Justin Lin was previously slated to direct The Bourne Legacy sequel, that means his schedule just opened up in the near future. Though he has plenty of projects on his plate, including a remake of Shaolin Templae in 3D, the Black Listed script Times Square, the action adventure Toymageddon and an adaptation of The Battered Bastards of Baseball, so he's got something to fall back on.