Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon's New Bourne May Not Come Quickly

September 17, 2014
Source: THR

Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon

Just a couple days a go, we learned that Universal finally rounded up Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to get together another film for the Jason Bourne franchise that kicked off in 2002 with The Bourne Identity. At the time, it was reported that the film would replace the previously set release of The Bourne Legacy sequel directed by Justin Lin and starring Jeremy Renner on July 16th, 2016, pushing back the spin-off franchise to an unknown time. However, it sounds like all these factors are still up in the air as producer Frank Marshall was asked about the status of the Legacy sequel and said, "It's still in development. We're working to get a script as soon as possible." So what's up with Jason Bourne? Read on!

Marshall told THR it's still early days on the reunion of Greengrass and Damon for more Bourne, and there's no deals in place for them yet. So the plan is for both Bourne projects to continue development and the logistics of their arrival won't be a concern until either of them is ready to go in front of a camera. The other factor in play here is that Greengrass has been working on getting the Olympic bombing drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill off the ground at Fox, but the studio is still mulling over a greenlight. Some even say that this Bourne buzz might be a way for Greengrass to get Fox to finally make a decision as to whether the other project will go ahead.

So as of now, it's unclear if either film will be ready for the previously set summer 2016 release date that was specifically staked out for some kid of Bourne film. What's interesting is that THR cautions, "Let's hope Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner don't bump into each other at a restaurant." That implies that the two may not be so friendly with each other over this latest development, maybe because Universal quickly became more interested in Damon's return as Jason Bourne as opposed to Renner's spin-off franchise. That would certainly feel like a slap to the face after putting faith in the actor by casting him to begin with. Anyway, we'll just have to wait and see how all this business plays out.

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  • izakkson
    I'd be quite interested to see both films in either order back to back 2016, 2017. Have a small tease of Bourne and Cross potentially crossing paths in both and then in 2018/19 have the inevitable collision of characters helmed by Greengrass.
    • Gohikeone
      I like it...great idea. Excited to see Damon/Greengrass back in play, but I hope they don't diminish Jeremy Renner's place in the story. His storyline/movie was great as well. They could almost "Avenger-ize" this franchise if they wrote it right! Oh...and NO SHAKY CAM PLEASE!
    • OfficialJab
      Maybe someone other than Greengrass can film the action scenes. Kind of wish hiring directors for different scenes would make a comeback.
  • Stephen Ritchie
    To be honest, The Bourne Legacy was the best film in the series and I think the franchise would have done better without the actual Bourne character. Renner's character was just more interesting the entirety of that one film compared to Bourne who is just more one note. If they started the franchise with The Bourne Legacy to begin with it would have just been more interesting and just kept Bourne in the background.
    I would wait for this.
  • Nielsen700
    Wow, I'm actually excited about this series now!
  • Johnny Neat
    They should set it as a new trilogy now.




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