I found this article to be very interesting from just the title alone. The Bourne film series became introduced its fourth part thanks to The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner, and while it wasn’t bad, it clearly didn’t hold a candle to the previous three films starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Now there was a lot of rumours and supposed talk that maybe Matt Damon would return to the Bourne franchise in a future film possibly going up against Jeremy Renner. However it’s always looked iffy as to whether Damon would return to the series, but now in this IGN article it seems like his mind is made up. Read on below:
“Last time Bourne Identity star Matt Damon was out doing press rounds, he had yet to see the action franchise’s latest installment, The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner in his stead. Now, though, the actor has apparently given the film a watch, although it sounds like it will be even more difficult for him to re-enter the series as a result.
“I did see it,” Damon told The Playlist. When asked what he thought of the film, he replied, “I think it’s going to make it harder for us to make another one. I’m just trying to figure out like… Because they used our characters, anything that happens in that world, that’s the Bourne world now. So the pill popping and all that stuff happens.” The pill popping Damon is referring to is the drug enhancement subplot featuring Renner’s character.
Damon was also posed the big question: What about doing another movie with Renner? To that, the actor sounded even less optimistic. “I don’t know what that story would be,” he said. “I love Jeremy and I’m a huge fan of him and I know him personally and love him outside of work, too. But I just don’t know what that story would be. I could never see Bourne teaming up with anyone. And all he said was — he wanted out, he wanted out, he wanted out. So how do you get that character going again?”
Damon noted this was the same issue they were confronted with when a fourth film was originally proposed. “Literally, we couldn’t figure out how to do it three years ago,” he said. “[The studio] said to us, ‘Why don’t you guys do one?’ And we said, ‘We don’t know what to do!’ So once they realized we weren’t going to solve that problem, they went a totally different way.”
So, for now, it sounds like Damon is off the franchise. That is, until they can think of a good reason to bring back Jason Bourne.”
Well I for one am happy about his decision. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Bourne series never needed a fourth film and should have stayed as a trilogy. The first three films were solid and didn’t need another instalment regardless of the source material that you could potentially work from. And while the idea of Bourne going up again Aaron Cross sounds interesting, I can’t help but feel like it would work without the right director and proper good writers. Well whatever, I just hope that Matt Damon sticks to his logical decision and stays away from making more Bourne films. He gave us three good ones already; he should just leave it at that.