Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass Say JASON BOURNE is Dead!

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Since the last Jason Bourne movie was released, everyone has wondered when another sequel would be made.  With the huge worldwide box office grosses and critical success, you’d think it would be easy to get another sequel off the ground.  But time and again, Matt Damon has said they’d only do another sequel if the script was good.  Add to that, director Paul Greengrass recently said he wasn’t going to do another Bourne sequel.

So when I sat down at today’s press junket for Green Zone and was able to participate in small roundtable interviews with the star and director, the one thing I really wanted to know was what exactly was up with another Bourne sequel.  Thankfully, I was able to ask both of them that question.  Unfortunately for fans of the Bourne franchise, it’s very bad news.

First off, Greengrass told me he’s definitely not making another Jason Bourne movie.  And on top of that, Damon told me he would never make another Bourne movie without Greengrass.  So…that’s it. The nail is in the coffin.  I hope you enjoyed the three Bourne movies cause it’s over.

Or is it?  Hit the jump for more:

the_bourne_ultimatum_movie_image_matt_damon_paul_greengrass__1_.jpgWhile Damon said he was done with Bourne, he did tell me an idea for more Bourne movies without him in it.  Here’s what he said:

Collider: So does that mean there’s no more Bourne?

Damon:  Well, I think that they have a good way to do a prequel with someone else, and basically make it about the Bourne identity, the actual identity. What any studio is interested in is making it like an evergreen, so it can just go on, and on, and on, and it never will with our character because he’s going to resolve himself and he’s resolved his issues now. He’s got his memory back three times. I don’t think anybody wants to see me say, “I don’t remember” again. But I think what we could do, is like, you know, so you can do some movies with another actor, anyway, whether it’s Ryan Gosling or Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington, and he’s Jason Bourne. And then at the end of his one movie, or two movies, or three movies, you see them getting ready to pass the identity on to me, so it just becomes like a 007, it becomes a name that they give this certain person who’s uniquely positioned. Right? And so then, if Paul and I come back and do a fourth one in 10 years, right, we’ll pass it on to someone else, and then it can kind of go on. But I think the only way to make it go away from us is to say no.

I guess he’s trying to say Universal might make more Bourne movies with another actor playing a Bourne type character.  While that might be cool, one of the reasons people love the franchise is Matt Damon playing the role.  Who knows if another actor playing that kind of part would even work.

On a positive note, Damnon revealed that he’s been talking to Greengrass about doing another film together and it’s about the economic meltdown.  While it’s not another Bourne film, I welcome with open arms any future collaboration.

Here’s exactly what they both said on the Bourne franchise.  I wish it was better news.

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Collider:  I’m going to ask the question, I’ve asked you this a few times in the past, about Bourne. We spoke to Paul today, and he was like, “I’m out. You know, it’s done.” So the question then becomes, are you willing to make a Bourne movie without Paul.

Matt Damon:  No.

Collider:  So does that mean there’s no more Bourne?

Damon:  Well, I think that they have a good way to do a prequel with someone else, and basically make it about the Bourne identity, the actual identity. What any studio is interested in is making it like an evergreen, so it can just go on, and on, and on, and it never will with our character because he’s going to resolve himself and he’s resolved his issues now. He’s got his memory back three times. I don’t think anybody wants to see me say, “I don’t remember” again. But I think what we could do, is like, you know, so you can do some movies with another actor, anyway, whether it’s Ryan Gosling or Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington, and he’s Jason Bourne. And then at the end of his one movie, or two movies, or three movies, you see them getting ready to pass the identity on to me, so it just becomes like a 007, it becomes a name that they give this certain person who’s uniquely positioned. Right? And so then, if Paul and I come back and do a fourth one in 10 years, right, we’ll pass it on to someone else, and then it can kind of go on. But I think the only way to make it go away from us is to say no.

Collider:  So what would be the title then, I mean, with James Bond it’s James Bond, 007. How would it be in the title what they are thinking about going with?

Damon:  I don’t know. I have no idea.

Collider:  The Bourne Infancy

the_bourne_ultimatum_movie_image_matt_damon__20_.jpgDamon:  Yeah, it’s like a Look Who’s Talking.

Collider:  You and Paul have a phenomenal working relationship, how much, when you guys talk about other things, how much do you want to continue in the vein you have been going in, or possibly just go and branch into a whole new direction with his style?

Damon:  Well, I think, what we have been talking about is something, maybe a movie, about the economic meltdown, and trying to figure out what the way in is. But yeah, I love making these movies with him, and they give us… and we’re making them for pretty good budget so we can kind of tell it on a bigger scale. This is a big movie, you got helicopters blowing up and it’s like a big deal. So hopefully we’ll be able to keep making big stories, but I’ll kind of go anywhere he wants to go. I think he’s a great director and I learn a ton, every time I work with him, about directing and about acting. So I’ll follow him pretty much anywhere.

PAUL GREENGRASS ON BOURNE

Collider:  I’m going to ask the question that every fan out there of the Bourne franchise wants to know. Are you definitely not doing another one? Can you give people the status what’s up with that.

Paul Greengrass: What happened was that I just felt, listen, I love the Bourne franchise, number one, a great deal, and I gave my all on the two films that I made. But when I was honest with myself, in the last autumn, and I was starting to get going on other things, you just can’t top once you’ve realized you’ve done it. You don’t have anything more to contribute to the franchise that needs to continue, obviously. And in order for a franchise to continue it needs to be rebooted and reenergized by new perspectives. I just felt that I had done it, and there’s nothing unnatural about that. To make a film, it’s 18 months of your life, seven days a week, 20 hours a day, you got to have real, real…and there was just too many other things I was interested in. I felt I had a wonderful, wonderful time, loved it, and I want it to continue. So, in the end, contrary to reports, there was never an argument with the studio of any kind at all. I was, I did spend some time thinking that I might, and sort of getting myself to a place, you know, “what would it be,” and that was really it. It’s only when you do that that you actually find, “you know what? I’m sort of gone. I’m on top of things.” We had a really nice discussion, they were completely understanding, and I said, “you know what? We’ll make some other movies.”

Collider:  So this is it. We can put a nail in the coffin, this is official, you are definitely not doing another one.

the_bourne_ultimatum_movie_image_matt_damon_paul_greengrass__2_.jpgGreengrass: I’m doing some other things.

Collider:  Which is the follow-up. What are you thinking about for other projects?

Greengrass: ‘Dunno. Haven’t gotten anything definite yet, but I’m enjoying reviving, you know, doing some…those four films…

Question: What was it? Like eight years?

Greengrass: Yeah, I mean it’s, Supremacy…actually six…Supremacy, what are we now?

2010.

Greengrass: Supremacy, 93, Ultimatum, Green Zone. I think this is also part of my sort of feeling, although I didn’t realize it then, but you sort of sit down and go, “Actually, it’s like the end of a chapter.” They’re all four films that are really about this decade and they’re all sort of interlinked in a funny kind of way, even though some of them are quite different from the others. They are all really sort of about those years, and that world, and that sort of a film, the big, high-octane, action movie type of thing, so I just thought I need to find some new tricks for this old dog. Well, not so old. So you kind of go, actually, I need to do some different things, engage in some new material. I’d like to do something that’s a bit more with boys and girls, and men and women. Love.

Romantic comedy.

Greengrass:  You never know. A family film…you know, listen, I’ll still make, I want to do…Matt and I want to do some things, continue our partnership. We’ll certainly be doing that. You know, it’s just time to move on. That’s what happens. Listen, you be the first to say if I came back and did a bad one, you’d go, “they should have found somebody else.

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  • hunter_d

    good article!

  • CC

    It's nice that they're going to make other movies together, but I'm totally bummed about this news. I'm not going to watch anyone else in the Bourne role, and I really felt like they left the last movie on a huge cliffhanger. I'll just keep my fingers crossed that they'll do it ten years from now, I guess.

  • k0rrupt

    I'm not depressed by this news, I don't want another Borne film. We've had three very good action thrillers which have served their point. I don't see how another can improve or add anything more to what has already been done except to complicate things. Its not Bourne without Damon as this isn't like Bond where the actor can be interchangeable. Bourne is who he is because of the qualities Damon brought, if Universal want to (unnecessarily) run the franchise into the ground then i don't want to see it, leave it as it is. Good article tho

  • Guy

    I don't really want another Bourne film, because the trilogy really seemed to have closed and they would have to make a whole new story, but what if Doug Liman came back? Would Damon return with him?

  • http://twitter.com/streamingsoon Streaming Soon

    Isn't GREEN ZONE just the next BOURNE movie, but with a different title? The trailer looks exactly the same as any other Bourne film, but without the memory loss…

  • Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

    if you like the Bourne movies, you will like Green Zone

  • BoSoxSam

    While I really wish that there was a fourth Bourne, I think that I could never watch a Bourne movie without Matt Damon. So if it's definitely no, then they need to just end it. I'm very happy with the three movies I've got already, and ruining it by bringing a new Bourne in would be terrible.

  • matt420

    There was a continuation of the books by another author (can't remember his name or what the book was called, 'The Bourne Golden Ages' or something like that) and it dealt with an older Bourne who had a family being brought back to his past ways by some kind of conspiracy. If you're gonna wait 10 years, that'd be the perfect story!!
    I'll be waiting for 2017, expect me to start a campaign for that movie in 7 years!
    I love the Bourne films!!

  • The.Watcher

    I'm very glad that Damon and Greengrass walked away from Bourne, cos as much as I'd like to watch a fourth Bourne movie, I want it to be at least as good as the 2nd one.
    If it won't be, then I'd rather not have it.
    i AM glad to hear that D&G are gonna make more movies though, they are great together.

  • The.Watcher

    Bourne was always “older” in the books.
    He was like 45 in the first book and damn near 60 in the third. That's what made it such an entertaining read. The movies did a fantastic job though.

  • alexmadison

    there really should be one more

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  • Ewan

    3 books, 3 films, end.

  • blah blah blacksheep

    Que lastima. I really liked that Moby song, too.

  • blah blah blacksheep

    Que lastima. I really liked that Moby song, too.

  • blah blah blacksheep

    Que lastima. I really liked that Moby song, too.

  • David

    I never saw any of the movies or read the books.

  • David

    I never saw any of the movies or read the books.

  • Maballes Aiken

    Thanks David for adding so much to the discussion

  • 666jack

    Thats awesome bourne identity 4
    i guess its called green zone?

  • michael

    I have your idea for a Bourne 4. Seriously — Bourne Ultimatum ends with Noah Bosson about to get his ass strung up on trial, right. And Bourne is going to be a key witness, right? Begin with Bourne in detention, being held as a witness in a super-secret military tribunal investigating Ops Blackbriar and…shit, the other one. Someone wants both men (Bosson and Bourne) out. So a bunch of explosions and kicks happen and we begin again. None of the lost memory stuff this time. Your poster tagline “This time he knows everything.” Done deal. Summer 2012, anyone?

  • michael

    I have your idea for a Bourne 4. Seriously — Bourne Ultimatum ends with Noah Bosson about to get his ass strung up on trial, right. And Bourne is going to be a key witness, right? Begin with Bourne in detention, being held as a witness in a super-secret military tribunal investigating Ops Blackbriar and…shit, the other one. Someone wants both men (Bosson and Bourne) out. So a bunch of explosions and kicks happen and we begin again. None of the lost memory stuff this time. Your poster tagline “This time he knows everything.” Done deal. Summer 2012, anyone?

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  • Mel01con

    What do these guys know about the economic meltdown? Yet more liberal mud slinging! Stick to what you know best; fantasy. Remember Sean Connery and the Bond role? “Never Say Never Again,” after he blew his wad, went back to Bond; unfortunately, nobody cared anymore!

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  • Renegade

    There can be no Bourne, except Matt Damon.

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  • Nathan

    Some one said 3 books 3 movies, end. Actually Robert Ludlum wrote the first three correct…….but a new author has taken over and from what I understand he has kept true to the Bourne charecter, The next 5 books are just as good as the first three. So to that one person who said 3 books, three movies end. Well you’d be wrong – it might be another author but there are still 5 other very good books no matter what way you cut it. I loved the three movies and I’d really love to see a 4th – I would have to agree with what some one else said, they did end the third on a cliff hanger so why not a 4th?. From what I understand all the other books have great plots and I can’t imagine no one being able to come up with a kick ass script ( doesn’t make sence ) plus with how much those movies have made are they bloody mad?????? So how about it Hollywood bring on a 4th Bourne already

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  • shaun steward

    Bourne rocks loved the movies watchin it now again on I
    tv2 still gripped wont b same wi out matt damon he made for role dont stop now plz english guys now class films better than bond plz bring bk bourne

  • shaun steward

    Yeah me again but why bourne gettin axed its quality tele box movie matt damon its ur big screen role nobody else can pull it off pal love moby too xxx

  • kenneth thorpe

    The fouth film could be The Bourne Legacy although credited to Eric Van Lustbader the notes and story line where surplied by
    Robert Ludlums widdow .This is being realeased as a stand alone film whitch really pi\\\\\\ me off i was looking forwood
    to seing Matt Damon and Greengrass producing this in a couple of years time instead it gets realeased on 17 August 2012
    heres the piece.

    Jeremy Renner

    All we know is that it won’t be Matt Damon. He stated that he would only come back to the Bourne franchise if Paul Greengrass directed, which is not the case. He is not being replaced as Jason Bourne, the main character will be a new one, also a trained assassin who went through Treadstone.

    Damon has left the door open for possible doing another Bourne movie with Greengrass in the future, but this movie is not it.

    Also, it was stated that, Matt Damon might have a cameo role in it, in the end.

    I serjest they bin the title of the movei so two who are better at bourn can do this latter or tag it to richard chamberlin.

  • Mark

    BUMMER!! If Damon isn’t playing Bourne I ain’t watching……

  • Adz

    2012 and they make a shit one without Damon n greengrass not as good as the first three

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