When August’s The Bourne Legacy opened in theaters, many assumed it was just a placeholder to tide us over until Matt Damon returned to the series — perhaps for a sequel in which he teamed up with Jeremy Renner’s character.
But as Matt revealed at the premiere of his buddy Ben Affleck’s flick Argo, The Bourne Legacy might actually have killed any chance that we’ll see Jason Bourne on the big screen again.
"I'd really love to do another one because I love the character," Matt told Movieline, before admitting it would be "a real struggle” to figure out where to take the Jason Bourne character next. He said he’s open to another sequel as long as Paul Greengrass (who directed the second and third films) returns, but then laughed: “I don't think he's going to do it."
Hmm... it doesn’t sound like these two have much respect for the most recent Bourne-free Bourne movie!
Matt revealed he hasn’t actually seen The Bourne Legacy, which is not a good sign. He and Bourne Legacy director Tony Gilroy (who also wrote the first three) have notoriously not seen eye-to-eye, ever since Matt publicly trashed the screenplay for The Bourne Ultimatum in an interview.
Matt isn’t quite so vocal about his dislike for the Bourne movie Gilroy made without him, but it’s clear he doesn’t have a lot of respect for it. Here’s what he said about what Legacy means for another Bourne film:
"What that means, because they use our actors and characters, is that whatever they said is true and so we'd have to acknowledge it in any Bourne movie that we'd do. And that makes it really tough. I don't think we can do the Dallas it-was-all-a-dream scenario . I don't think the audience would go for that after they paid money to see a movie."
Pretending Jeremy Renner’s Bourne movie was all a dream? Harsh! No, audiences would definitely not go for that.
The Bourne Legacy was, many agree, the weakest of the films in the franchise, with mixed reviews and the series’ lowest box office. Another film with Jeremy Renner might not be the best direction to take the story, and if Matt had actually seen the film, he'd know nothing that happened in it would have much effect on the Jason Bourne character. (It sounds to us like he’s just making excuses.)
That said, we trust Matt’s judgment, and perhaps it’s best to let this series rest for now. Why mess with Jason Bourne's happy ending?
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