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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