It seems you can take Matt Damon out of the role, but you can’t take the role out of Matt Damon (…no wait, …that isn’t right, is it?). Well, yeah, I guess you know what we mean anyway. It seems that Matt Damon has kept up his promise on returning to the Bourne franchise on one principle, if his partner in crime director Paul Greengrass agreed to come back. This leaves a few questions out in the open such as, where does this leave Renner Bourne Legacy sequel? Will it be getting shelved indefinitely, or will Renner become embroiled in part 5 of the monolithic franchise that has made 1.2 billion worldwide?
Damon announcing that along with Greengrass directing, he would be returning to play Bourne with a scheduled release date for sometime in 2016. It was Ben Affleck who got the ball rolling at a Project Greenlight event by mentioning that he’ll be toned up until the summer (aren’t they going straight into filming Justice League? Does this mean that ***spoilers Batman dies spoilers***), and then it will be Damon’s turn to bulk up for his role in the Bourne movie. Damon didn’t deny it and had this to say:
Yes, next year [we’ll shoot it]. It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.
So there you have it folks, we are in for more shaky-cam, and too-fast-or-you’ll-miss-it edits from the killer duo (we don’t actually have a problem with the shaky-cam).
So, what exactly is going to happen with the supposed Justin Lin directed Bourne sequel to Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner? The studio must have expected Damon to return at some point as he has always stuck to his work that he would return if Greengrass would come back on board to direct. Both Latino Review and Deadline mentioned that Damon and Greengrass were coming back a while ago, stating that the film was scheduled for release in 2016 and Justin Lin and Renner’s film would take a back seat. However, at the time this was strongly denied. Will Renner’s Bourne movies run in tandem with Damon’s leading to a crossover at some point down the line? Or will the studio be scrapping Renner’s Bourne movies? It’s all mere speculation at this point.
Damon will next be working with Ridley Scott in his new film The Martian, and he is also scheduled to play the main role in the recently announced – and very bizarre sounding social satire – Downsizing, directed by Alexander Payne, about a man realizing his life will be better if he shrinks himself as a way to cut down costs.
As mentioned, every movie in the Bourne franchise has grossed over $100 million at the domestic box office, and as a franchise it has grossed $1.2 billion worldwide. Universal are onto a sure-fire hit – that’s for sure.