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Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon Get Back Together for More Bourne

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September 15, 2014
Source: Deadline

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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.

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  • El_MUERkO
    I hope they got the right script and Greengrass has gotten past his 'shaky cam' phase :)
  • DAVIDPD
    Bourne is reborn! BRING THE PAIN.
    • Richie G
      ReBourne. You got a title right there
  • cs
    Greengrass is not a good director for action films. His Bourne films were the weakest of the series. I am excited to see Damon come back, although i wish it was with a different director.
  • NathanDewey
    I love the Bourne trilogy. I hope these two are really really inspired to do this. I felt the first three were great because all three worked so well in telling one story and it resolved itself great. I thought Legacy was kinda tired and lacked the non stop pace of the first three.
  • jonnyb61
    The Bourne Redundancy
  • I'm into it. Wasn't too hip on Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross (not his fault, didn't like the script).
  • More arm breaking super soldier sleeper agent shenanigans should be fun with a bit of Moby chucked in.
  • Nielsen700
    I feel kinda sorry for Renner.
  • SkyNet300
    Ugh worst news ever! What happened to The Bourne Legacy 2 August 2015 release date?? Renner is way better than awful Matt "can't act" Damon.
    • Jonathan
      Are you serious SkyNet 300? Bourne Legacy sucked. This franchise is Damon's own period,like it or not. Renner is not leading man material at all and how can you say damon can't act when's he been nominated for oscars multiple times idiot.
      • SkyNet300
        No need to call a person an idiot for having a opinion. Lol I don't think Damon is a good actor at all. Nominated for oscars doesn't mean shit. Especially after the past few years with that ridiculous award show.
      • SkyNet300
        He's a dry actor with zero range in my opinion. Can't wait for a Bourne Remake.
  • SkyNet300
    Renner even commented at comicon saying his next project that starts filming soon is part 2
  • cuckoozey
    Because the whole Bourne running around beating people up and getting in car chases while a bunch of suits standing around an office looking worried thing hasn't gotten old at all yet.
  • Bl00dwerK
    Good deal...
  • Jonathan
    I'm not against Damon's returning at all...but I do think the Bourne Legacy got a bad rap. They should combine them and still have Renner's story continue beyond Damon's involvement...which I wouldn't think would last too many more movies.

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