Could Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon Join Forces in Bourne 5?
06.27.12 by Ryan
Since The Bourne Legacy was first announced, fans have wondered how a franchise would continue without its star (Matt Damon) and director (Paul Greengrass helmed both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum). According to Tony Gilroy, who wrote and directed Legacy and had a hand in writing all three previous Bourne movies, the answer he gave to Empire in a recent interview was to come up a new idea in an already established world.
I had never spent one moment thinking about how to do a sequel to Bourne Ultimatum. I first came in for two weeks just to spitball. I had a very random idea...so we started with that and it got more and more exciting. All of a sudden I was staring at something that had a great deal of resonance and was soulful and uncynical and was also gonna kick ass. So that was good.
Ultimately, it meant casting Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, a different agent from Bourne, but one with similar training. ""If you think of the first three Bourne films as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, then we're showing you Elsinore," Gilroy told Empire, putting the franchise in Shakespearean terms. "You thought you were seeing something you weren't. What if there's a much larger story? What if Treadstone wasn't the only black-ops program?"
As Renner points out, this means a character who "knows exactly who he is" and isn't suffering from amnesia. "He's coming from a completely different background to Jason [Bourne]," said Renner of his character.
He signed up to this...He wants to be part of a team. I can tell you he was in the military then he joined the program. He's a person who wants to be part of something... to have a sense of purpose. But then it's taken away.
So while Cross isn't forgetting who he is, he will still be looking to get revenge on the program that created him, not unlike Bourne in the previous trilogy. Does this mean that, at some point, Bourne and Cross could team up to bring down their enemies? Franchise producer Frank Marshall sure hopes so.
You see there are several different programs in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.
Daydreaming aside, Damon has never said he would not return for another Bourne. However, last January, Damon revealed that he still wants to do a sequel with Greengrass as the director. Should Legacy continue to be a hit as the trilogy was before it, perhaps Damon could be persuaded to return with Greengrass' approval and not his participation. Or, perhaps, Universal will continue with Renner and not worry about Damon.