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Rumor: Matt Damon Will Return For 'Bourne 5' After All

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 20, 2014 8:44 AM
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Here we go again. It has been two years since the Jeremy Renner-starring "The Bourne Legacy," and seven years since "The Bourne Ultimatum," and the question the entire time is: will Matt Damon return to the series? And the actor, time and again, has explained the criteria that would need to be met for that to happen. “I’ve always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director and … we’ve just never been able to come up with a story,” he said this spring, once more. "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." So, could it finally be happening?

As you might recall, earlier this week it was announced that Universal was pushing "Bourne 5" from its previous August 2015 to date to July 15, 2016. And according to Latino Review, that's because director Justin Lin managed to do the impossible—he got Damon to return. Now, Universal did hire Andrew Baldwin to write a new draft of the script this spring, though that was right around the time Damon was one again saying "thanks, but no thanks, but maybe." But LR suggests that another reason for Damon returning is that the dude needs a box office hit after a string of films—"Elysium," "Promised Land," "Monuments Men"—failed to perform as expected. Or maybe they just came up with a helluva story? Or perhaps Universal really wants to get the franchise back on financial track, particularly as 'Legacy' didn't do as well as its predecessors.

We're still two years out from "Bourne 5" so expect a lot of back-and-forth, denials and cagey answers, but if Damon is back, we'll be very curious to see what happens to David Webb next... 

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  • J | August 28, 2014 9:50 PMReply

    Jeremy Renner is a good contrast to Damon's Bourne; Damon always played the character like a noble boy scout where in the books he's more cold blooded and gun happy. Renner actually portrays Aaron Cross closer to Robert Ludlums literary character. It'd be fascinating to see Cross hunt Bourne.

  • dave | July 26, 2014 9:23 AMReply

    I have just watched the Bourne legacy again and it's still so bad I can watch the first three again and again matt Damon. Damon just brings that some thing to the role that's missing from the forth move universal need pull there finger out and get matt Damon back into the fifth move if they want to make money out of it

  • z | July 23, 2014 1:46 AMReply

    Matt Damon is Bourne... I didn't like Renner as Bourne. If he comes back it will kick ass.

  • Mr B | June 23, 2014 9:16 AMReply

    Renner is a good actor but he doesn't belong in this series.

  • The solution | June 20, 2014 12:10 PMReply

    Bourne 5 opens with Pam Landy in bed waking from what was obviously a nightmare. Strong arms reach over to comfort her. "Oh, Jason, I had a weird dream about some guy that was trying to pretend he was you, but he was really just a moron and a drug addict!" Clue music, and we launch into a REAL Bourne movie. You know, the good kind. You're welcome, world!

  • Calchrome | June 20, 2014 11:52 AMReply

    It ain't really legit for the studio to bash Damon's box office when his last action movie made more than Legacy did.

  • Tiff | June 20, 2014 11:52 AMReply

    Omgggggggg can we please just put Latino Review to rest? They are the National Enquirer of movie gossip. You are better than this, Playlist!!!!!!

  • Gustavo H.R. | June 20, 2014 11:48 AMReply

    I hope so. That'd mean Ridley Scott's next film won't be The Martian, but Prometheus 2, thank God.

  • Calchrome | June 20, 2014 11:54 AM

    I think the script for Prom 2 is not ready.

  • Missy miss | June 20, 2014 9:48 AMReply

    Please but to rest the idea that Damon has had bad box office. He's one of the steadiest performers in the industry. Ryan Gosling would kill for Damon's box office. Elysium made almost $300 million world wide, which isn't huge but is pretty good for a stand alone one-off which is not a franchise. Heck, it made more than Bourne Legacy. His sole recent big loser was Promised Land, but that was a socially conscious niche film with a small budget.

  • To Kevin | June 23, 2014 11:55 AM

    Global box office for Elysium: $286, 140, 700
    Global box office for Bourne Legacy: $276,144,750

    And Elysium was a non-tent pole, original film, not a hugely popular franchise. So if Elysium was a "huge failure", Legacy must have been a total bomb. Honestly it's hard for me to believe they're going to try this again.

  • Belinda | June 21, 2014 3:52 AM

    Kevin, my thoughts exactly. Renner can do action brilliantly and he does complex, compelling characters brilliantly, he just needs a script and director who can put both in the same film.

  • Kevin | June 20, 2014 11:48 AM

    Sadly, Elysium did decent business but was an overall disappointment and barely made a profit (if any at all) after a costly (and unsuccessful) marketing campaign. It was a huge failure given the star power, advertising campaign, reputation of the director/crew, and genre at the domestic box office. As you pointed out, Elysium out grossed Legacy, but not domestically (where it counts). It's not to be mean or anything, I like Damon and actually thought that movie was good, but he really has not made a hit since Bourne Ultimatum. He hasn't necessarily had flops (Promised Land withholding) but he just hasn't been able to get people in his seats like he used to. I've been saying for ages now--I don't know who needs a reboot of this franchise more, Universal or Matt Damon.

    What's weird is I actually like Renner a lot more than Damon now overall. I didn't expect to, because I used to be/still am a big fan of Matts, but there's something about Renner that is a lot more compelling for me to watch. Maybe it has to do with exposure, but honestly I'm less interested in seeing a standalone Damon Bourne film than I am watching Renner give it another go with a better script. No one is more surprised than me when I say that! If Damon comes back and teams up with Renner in the next one, all for the best--can't wait. If not, then I'll probably still give the Renner one a shot. Gilroy was a hack who let people believe he was much more involved with the trilogy than he really was; he barely even touched the scripts for supremacy and ultimatum, yet still called himself "an architect" for the whole series. He was a deceptively horrible choice for a director and had no clue how to shoot an action movie. The fact that Universal ditched him is still the most promising news I've heard for this film so far.

  • Ridge ky | June 20, 2014 9:31 AMReply

    It would be great, but it's probably not a coincidence that this story is floating right after Universal hired a new writer. They are probably just feeling insecure, so they are trying to grab Damon. There is no way he is making a Bourne movie with Lin. Impossible.

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