There is no argument that Jeremy Renner is a badass. Between his turn as William Brandt in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and his brief but wonderful scenes as Hawkeye through several Marvel movies, to name just a few examples, Renner has more than proved his level of baddassery. When the fourth movie in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, was announced and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) decided to step aside with series star Matt Damon immediately following suit, Renner seemed like the perfect choice to carry on the super spy torch. Unfortunately, while Renner did a fantastic job in his role, Legacy grossed almost $200mil less than its most recent predecessor. While this was in no way a franchise killer (Legacy still grossed over $276mil worldwide and a sequel is in the works), it did leave fans a bit nostalgic for Damon’s Jason Bourne. Well, a new report from Deadline suggests that fans of the series may have a bit to be excited for as it appears that Damon and Greengrass will be returning to the world of Bourne.
According to Deadline, sources have confirmed that the duo will be returning to Jason Bourne’s story which, as many will remember, was neatly wrapped up with Ultimatum. As a matter of fact, Greengrass previously stated that the reason he stepped away from the series was that Bourne’s story had already been told and there was nowhere else to go with the character. There is no word on what may have made Greengrass return but there is little doubt that Damon is following suit because Greengrass is on board. The truly interesting this about this news is that the Justin Lin helmed sequel to Legacy is still in the works with Renner set to star. There is no word on how one movie may affect the other at this point.
Damon made the decision to exit the franchise once it was announced that Greengrass would be stepping down from the director’s seat, which no doubt had more to do with his relationship with Greengrass than any presumption that Legacy director Tony Gilroy couldn’t handle the story. However, with Damon’s close relationship with George Clooney, who previously worked with Gilroy in 2007’s Michael Clayton, it is a bit tough to believe Damon left the series without Gilroy at least in the back of his mind.
The “whys” of Damon’s decision to exit are almost moot at this point and fans will no doubt be much more excited for his return than discovering the truth behind his initial departure from the franchise. In the end, Damon is one of those actors that makes almost every movie he is in better, simply by joining the cast. As long as he doesn’t decide to join best friend Ben Affleck as Robin in Batman v. Superman, this trend will no doubt continue, and the Bourne franchise is all the better for his return. Are you excited for this return to form?