Will Matt Damon Ever Return as Jason Bourne?
01.23.11 by Ryan
Like it or not, Universal is making a fourth Bourne movie without Matt Damon and The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass. The studio was developing a fourth installment with both Damon and Greengrass, but after having a script in place, Universal decided to hire screenwriter Josh Zetumer to pen a "parallel script" at which point Greengrass dropped out. With Damon having proclaimed that he wouldn't do another Bourne without Greengrass, Damon's participation was in question, but, as it turned out, unnecessary.
Universal pressed on, hiring writer-director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), who had worked on the scripts for all three of the previous Bourne movies, to write a fourth Bourne, which Gilroy titles Bourne Legacy and revealed it wouldn't be a sequel or a prequel, but a "stand-alone project" that wouldn't include the character of Jason Bourne at all. At the time, Damon admitted that he hadn't even been contacted about Legacy, and found out about it from "the internet".
When asked by Empire whether he would ever return to his famous role, Damon had a surprising answer.
I'd do it with Paul [Greengrass]. Universal don't actually own the Bourne character — the estate [of Robert Ludlum] does — so technically I could go to Warner Bros... and Universal could read about it online.
Damon spoke even more positively to THR a few weeks earlier, confirming that he and Greengrass could return to the franchise in another five years.
I think Paul’s probably going to do one or two other films that he’s got kind of cooking but after that [maybe they would start working on a Bourne movie]. I think it’s kind of the thing where enough time has passed that I think it won’t matter if we wait five more years to do it.
We just want to make sure if we do it, that we do it right. There’s been a lot of pressure for us to do it obviously, but that’s that moment I think where you got to step back and make sure you’re not making a mistake. So when it feels like the right time, I think Paul would be open to doing it.
Meanwhile, Universal is moving forward with Bourne Legacy, which has a release date of Aug. 3, 2012. The movie will introduce a new character who received the same training as Jason Bourne. No casting announcements have been made so far.