Matt Damon Says Liberace Biopic to Shoot Next Summer; Keeps BOURNE 4 Hopes Alive

     July 6, 2010

Originally set to shoot this summer, Steven Sodebergh’s Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon has been pushed back to summer 2011.  Filming was delayed when Soderbergh decided to go forward with the world-spanning thriller Contagion instead (which will also star Damon as well as Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard).  Now, according to the Las Vegas Sun [via The Playlist], filming has been slightly delayed, but Damon says he’s still on board to play Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson and Douglas is still set to play Liberace.

But if flamboyant 60s entertainers aren’t really your thing, how would you like to have your emotions toyed with by having Damon not completely rule out a return to playing Jason Bourne?  Hit the jump for more.

In February, we reported that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass had ended their involvement in Bourne 4.  Greengrass said he won’t do another Bourne movie (although Green Zone is like a spiritual sequel to the franchise), and Damon said he won’t do another Bourne movie without Greengrass.  Speaking to Las Vegas Weekly [via Matt Damon News Column], Damon kept that position:

“Absolutely yes,” he said emphatically. “I love the character. I love the stories. But only if Paul Greengrass says he will direct again. So far, though, he’s decided not to. I’d definitely say yes if he went for it. I know he would have a great story, and it would protect the legacy of what we created. There would be no disappointment for anybody, but we wait. There are rumors about shooting again in the middle of next year, but nothing definite yet other than his no until there’s the right script — a great script!”

Not to call bullshit on Damon, but I think this is just a way to keep a door open but with no intent to actually go through it.  It makes Greengrass out to be an open-minded guy who would return to the franchise if only there was a “great script!”  So if Greengrass never comes back (and I doubt he will), it was only because they couldn’t find a script they weren’t happy with.  Again, this is slightly disingenuous because Greengrass is known for finding the film in the editing room rather than holding the script as sacrosanct.

A month ago, we reported that Universal had hired Bourne trilogy writer Tony Gilroy to write the tentatively titled The Bourne Legacy with a target 2012 release date.  My theory is that this would be a quasi-reboot to the franchise where a new actor would play Jason Bourne similar to the James Bond films.

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  • VALENTINEproductions

    I think you can get another director for the next one, but what I liked alot about the first was that you wouldn't consider Damon to be the type to play such a character. Because of him I like the fioms more.

  • Richielirious

    Imagine…..a shirtless Mattadore / Scott,
    …….poolside by moonlight,
    twirling a red silk shirt ,
    around his mototcycle-helmet-for-bull,
    doing a mock ballet to,
    Liberace playing Malaguena !!!!!

  • Ilovelctr

    I think they oughta hire Damon again, but as for Greengrass, he'd better be a producer rather than a director cuz the shaky cam really annoyed me. Actually Tony Gilroy is a very good choice for director.

  • John

    i dont know who directed the first bourne movie, but it was good. they all were good. and they dont necessarily need greengrass to do another one. so matt damon would rather play a gay lover in liberace than one of the best action characters going today? he needs to be in bourne 4 with the original director. without that first one and success it had with matt damon, he needs to move on and forget about green grass. the first movie is what put it on the map. the green zone didnt do as well as had greengras doing it. matt, listen up. you dont need greengrass to make a bourne 4 movie. you can and have done it without him. with james bond cancelled nows the time to really take over to make people say james bond who? until daniel craig did bond they kinda sucked. he put it near par with matt damon/jason bourne.

  • Adam

    i would love to see matt damon play jason bourne again,but like he and others within the bourne franchise have said… only if the script is good enough.the first three films were amazing and i have not enjoyed an action film like them for a while.but and i shouldnt start a sentence with has to be damon who is bourne because no one else could really play him as good as him.
    So hopefully greengrass roles the cameras for 1 last time in what i think(if it goes ahead) will be the best bourne film yet…watch this space

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  • Kojack10 4

    Flamenco Tanka
    Shirtless Matt-adore,
    Whirl your bike helmet for bull,
    Twirl your red silk shirt,
    Pool-side by moonlight, ballet,
    Lee key-dance Malaguena !

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