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Throughout the 2000’s, Matt Damon starred in arguably one of the top critically acclaimed action trilogies to date. He starred as Jason Bourne, a man with tactical skills who suffered from amnesia and has to figure out who he is. The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum followed the character’s journey while being hunted down by parties like the CIA.
Director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) directed the latter two films, and seemed to collaborate perfectly as a pair with Damon. However, they felt that 2007’s Ultimatum was a good way to leave off the story of Jason Bourne, and in 2012 the franchise was revived with The Bourne Legacy. This time, Hurt Locker and Avengers star Jeremy Renner starred in the film as a man with a similar skill set as Jason Bourne, who is also being hunted down. A sequel to Legacy is set for an August 2015 release date.
In a recent interview with CNBC, Damon spoke about how he is “open” to revisiting the role of Jason Bourne. However, only if Greengrass returns to direct. Here’s what he had to say:
“We’ve just never been able to come up with a story. So, if any of your viewers have a story, please call Universal and submit it.”
However, that doesn’t mean “never” for overcoming writing obstacles:
“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. Because technically, the movie that came out in 2007 dovetailed with the one that came out in 2004, so technically the last time Jason Bourne was seen was 2004.”
What would really be cool is if Damon and Greengrass make a return to the franchise, if Damon and Renner team-up as a double-spy duo. For now, it seems that Renner alone is taking the reins of the Bourne saga.
What do you think?
The sequel to The Bourne Legacy is set to hit theaters on August 14th, 2015, directed by Justin Lin.