The prospect of Matt Damon returning to The Bourne franchise is looking really promising, especially if Bourne producer Frank Marshall has things his way.
Marshall – who has produced all four of the action movies, which include The Bourne Identity; The Bourne Supremacy; The Bourne Ultimatum; and the upcoming The Bourne Legacy – told Empire that he would like to see Matt Damon team up with current Bourne star Jeremy Renner in the fifth installment of the franchise.
“You see there are several different programs in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.”
But what would the return of Jason Bourne look like now that Jeremy Renner appears comfortable as the new lead in Bourne Legacy? Renner plays Alex Cross, a former military man who, unlike Jason Borne, made the choice to become a CIA assassin. The fact that Damon’s and Renner’s characters are very different definitely makes a “Jason Borne meets Alex Cross” scenario more encouraging. In addition, the fourth installment reportedly takes place around the same time as Ultimatum, making it more of a ‘paraquel’ than a sequel.
On the other hand, if Matt Damon – who was seen in a rare public feud with Bourne mastermind Tony Gilroy back in December – isn’t interested then Marshall, and presumably many Bourne fans, shouldn’t hold their breath. However, Damon did hint that he would be game for another run with the franchise.
“I think if [Bourne Legacy] doesn’t work, we can just ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen, and that’d be fine. But I expect that it will work and only help us if we did another one, which I’d love to do.”
The Bourne Legacy, which also stars Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen and Oscar Isaac, hits U.S. theaters August 10th.
Do you think people would like to see Matt Damon return in Bourne 5,or will nobody care after the credits roll on Jeremy Renner’s performance?