That's right, in an otherwise bone-dry boring legal story on THR about a lawsuit involving the rights to the franchise (go there for all the details, because, whatever), it's revealed that way back in the early '80s, Warner Bros. set Burt Reynolds to lead their adaptation of Robert Ludlum's "The Bourne Identity." Yeah, that would've been really different. But this was probably right around the time the actor was lighting up the box office with stuff like "Smokey And the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," and while he can do dramatic ("Deliverance"), still, it woulda been hard to see him as an assassin with a wiped memory.
Oh, what could have been... but actually, Ludlum fans likely already know, there was another actor to carry the Jason Bourne name: Richard Chamberlain. He starred in a 3-hour 1988 TV-version for ABC. Whether or not it's any good, you'll have to tell us and thanks to the magic of the internet, you can watch the whole damn thing below.