Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass May Be Returning to the BOURNE Franchise [UPDATED]

     August 26, 2013


The Bourne franchise could be getting its groove back.  Last month, Universal Pictures confirmed that it was moving forward with another film in the Bourne series, as the studio hired Sherlock Holmes and Invictus screenwriter Anthony Peckham to pen the script for another Bourne movie.  It was believed that the script was intended to further the adventures of Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross character from The Bourne Legacy, as original star Matt Damon has been reluctant to return without The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass.  Well, it’s possible that something may have been worked out, as a new report claims that both Damon and Greengrass are now in talks to return to the franchise.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Sources from Universal are now telling Variety that there is "no truth" to the rumor that Damon and Greengrass are in negotiations to return.  Not exactly an official denial, so something could very well be up.]

matt-damon-paul-greengrass-bourne-4Twitch is reporting that Universal is currently in negotiations with Damon and Greengrass to both return to the Bourne franchise, which would be a really significant development for the series.  Universal attempted to get Damon and Greengrass back after The Bourne Ultimatum, but the two couldn’t figure out a worthwhile story and Universal didn’t want to wait, so the studio moved forward with the subpar The Bourne Legacy.  Damon has repeatedly said that he will only return for another Bourne film if Greengrass is directing, but that prospect seemed unlikely as Greengrass had a pretty heated falling out with Universal.  If the two are indeed both in negotiations with the studio, this could signal a return to form for Bourne.

Nothing has been confirmed by the studio just yet and it’s possible that negotiations with Damon and/or Greengrass could fall apart, but I’m definitely excited by the prospect of the two returning for another go-around.  Greengrass has a pretty full plate at the moment, and he recently entered talks to direct the Aaron Sorkin-scripted political drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 as his next film.  He’s also got his MLK film Memphis in the works, so it’s unclear where another Bourne movie would fit into his schedule.  His most recent directorial effort, Captain Phillips, opens in theaters on October 11th.

Hopefully we hear more firm word regarding the next Bourne film soon, but for now I’m crossing my fingers that Damon and Greengrass come back.  What about you, readers?  Would you rather see the further adventures of Aaron Cross or a new Jason Bourne story?


  • Burning_Horizon

    Just leave it alone …

  • Faptain America

    Good news, #cuzRennersucked.

    • Liderc

      That was one terrible movie and I love me some Rachel Weisz

  • McA

    Trilogy ended perfectly really – I’m not counting that mediocre fourth one – and I’d hate for it to end up like the Indy trilogy, which also ended perfectly. Until of course they did the whole nuke the fridge and aliens thing.

    But if they must, I’d be glad to see Greengrass and Bourne back rather than Gilroy and Renner. Only if they must though. Next thing it’ll be Toy Story 4… that would make me super sad. Such a good end to that trilogy too.

  • Bob

    Now Renner has to meet up with Bourne. At least, that’s what i thought he was gonna do when Renner was looking a Bourne on Tv.

  • nelson

    I guess Matt Damon has to keep up with Ben Affleck because of Batman and he’s desperate and needs a big hit right now.

    • Faptain America

      Yes because they do everything together, everything. Like that annoying friend everyone has who just has to get the same shoes you just got.

    • Ramone

      It’s too bad Elysium hasn’t been doing better. It’s really good!

    • HBICkellz

      No one has to keep up with Affleck. Affleck is going backwards. At least Damon has won awards for his acting… unlike Affleck who can’t act.

  • Ramone

    I really liked Renner as the new Bourne, but that story was not good. The movie had no ending and it seemed obsessed with making him into a superhero. Hopefully Damon and Renner can star together and bring back the Bourne magic!

  • Jui

    The BEST news today!


    It’s kind of funny, people used to see Matt Damon as the Brains and the Talent between him and Affleck. Now today Ben Affleck is an acclaimed Oscar winning director of mature dramas and he’s playing Batman, while Damon is still doing same ol shit with stuff like Elysium and The Monuments Men,

    • Kpaqu1

      The tortoise and the hare.

    • HBICkellz

      Omg he’s playing such a prestigious character. The Batman. I’m sure he’ll win so many awards for his portrayal. -_-

      At least Damon has won awards for his acting ability… unlike Affleck who pretty much has none.

      • IMPYEMU

        Playing an iconic superhero is something most actors dream about. Don’t think for a second that Damon wouldn’t accept if he was offered the part of Batman.

  • Zenhobo

    I’d like to see Renner and Damon together in a Bourne movie. Legacy wasn’t so bad, but it just seemed to lack any real ambition to elevate it to the level of the other movies in the franchise. The movie was so intricately tied into the previous trilogy that it didn’t have any identity of its own. If Damon came on for one more movie then Renner could get a proper spin off and the franchise could sever the umbilical chord.

  • Northern Star

    Don’t believe this for one second… both Damon and Greengrass mooted a fourth Bourne film after ‘…Ultimatum’ and couldn’t get a story they liked, employing different writers (including Jonah Nolan) to give it a try and NO-ONE could crack it!

    And there’s a good reason for that… THE STORY IS OVER… end of franchise.

    • Lex Walker

      The only story I’d even be interested in seeing is them tackling the original story of the books, with Jason enlisted to track down the historically real terrorist The Jackal (might have to change this to fit the times), which was his original overarching mission all along (with assassination gigs peppered in between).

    • Lex Walker

      The only story I’d even be interested in seeing is them tackling the original story of the books, with Jason enlisted to track down the historically real terrorist The Jackal (might have to change this to fit the times), which was his original overarching mission all along (with assassination gigs peppered in between).

  • Lex Walker

    How is saying there is “no truth” to the rumor NOT an official denial? If there’s no truth then it’s completely false.

  • kins

    Yes….Jason Bourne back, fcuk Renner’s ‘i forgot his name and who the hell gives a damn anyway’ character.

    Just get a good Jason Bourne story and just make as if legacy never existed.

  • Arnold

    I guess the title for Bourne 5 would be something like The Bourne Series: ….(subtitle) since they’re continuing Cross’ story and sell this as a Bourne movie. I’m ok with that as long as they choose a solid director for the job. PLEASE HIRE A SOLID DIRECTOR AT ALL COST, UNIVERSAL !!! If they hire John Moore who just ruined 2 franchises (die hard & max payne) or any other terrible director, then the Bourne franchise is doomed which I’m hoping this wont happen since I’m a huge fan of the franchise.