There are two different classes of Jason Bourne movies: the Paul Greengrass-directed action classics (Supremacy, Ultimatum) and the “Other Two” (Identity, Legacy). It really isn’t that Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity is bad, it’s just that Greengrass helped usher in a new style of chaotically shot and cut actions films with his as-hated-as-it-is-loved “shaky-cam” style (Legacy, on the other hand, is undeniably terrible). However, the one constant that runs through the quality Bourne films is Matt Damon, whose performance as the memory-wiped super assassin proved that he could shake his seemingly typecast “nice guy” persona and mold a character that, for the time, felt distinctly outside of his comfort zone.
In what seems to be a continued disregard for the mental well-being of Jeremy Renner (whose turn as faux-Bourne in the still financially successful Bourne Legacy is merely passable at best), Matt Damon has now said he’d be “open” to reprising the role. Only he has a few stipulations for the studio in order to get him back in the super spy saddle.
In talking with cable news network CNBC, Damon said that he’d be willing to return as Jason Bourne, but only if Paul Greengrass came back as well. He says that the idea has been broached before, but that the big holdup is coming up with solid story:
“We’ve just never been able to come up with a story. So, if any of your viewers have a story, please call Universal and submit it.”
However, Damon is also quick to point out that he still holds the character very near and dear to his heart:
“It felt like such a good way to end it the last time, but having said that I love that character…and I’d love to see what happened to him. Because technically, the movie that came out in 2007 dovetailed with the one that came out in 2004, so technically the last time Jason Bourne was seen was 2004.”
With a fifth, untitled-as-of-yet Bourne picture on the way next August, it’s not entirely out of the cards for Damon to return to the franchise, should that film be a hit. Yet it also might feel like a bit of a “step back” for both Damon and Greengrass, who have gone on to do far more interesting things cinematically post-Bourne (with Damon’s turn in Behind the Candelabra and Greengrass’ Captain Phillips being some of the best work of their respective careers). Still, it would be fun to watch Damon be a big, bad action star again…and hopefully wipe Renner’s Aaron Cross character from the face of the planet.
Source: Screen Rant