Deadline is reporting that Universal is in talks with Matt Damon to reprise his role as former amnesiac (and trained assassin), Jason Bourne. Joining Damon is director Paul Greengrass, who directed both the second and third films in the franchise. This news is a “slight” departure from Greengrass’ earlier statement that he would not work on another Bourne film because the character had reached a creative dead-end once he regained his memory.
Apparently Universal is so set on Bourne returning to the Bourne franchise that they have pushed back the untitled sequel to the Bourne Legacy, which starred Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as genetically enhanced, super-spy Aaron Cross. (Side note: Renner also appears to be taking the reigns from Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible franchise – I assume he is some sort of body snatcher that only targets lead actors in political thrillers.) This won’t be the last you see of Aaron Cross though. Universal is still working on his sequel directed by Justin Lin, who has also signed on to direct the second season of HBO’s True Detective.
Personally, I am excited that Damon will be returning as Jason Bourne. The original movies were done very well – the combat was visceral, and the storyline was intriguing. It will be interesting to see what direction they go now that Bourne has regained his memories. As of right now, it appears that the studio is shooting to have this film ready to go by July 16, 2016, which is a slot Universal had previously assigned to an untitled Bourne film.
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