Universal has also announced that the “Untitled Next Bourne Chapter” will be released on July 29, 2016. Via Collider:
No offense to Aaron Cross and his chems, but if we have to have another Bourne movie, I’m glad it’s with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. After years of Damon refusing to do a sequel without Greengrass to the point where Universal threw up their hands and decided to reboot the franchise, the duo is returning. Furthermore, they’re going to be writing the script along with Christopher Rouse, who doesn’t have a writing credit but has edited all of Greengrass’ movies since The Bourne Ultimatum, which is perfect since Greengrass is known for finding the movie in the editing room anyway.
It’s worth noting that this will be the first Bourne movie without the involvement of Tony Gilroy, who is credited with the screenplay for all four Bourne movies, and he also directed The Bourne Legacy. However, in 2011, Damon slammed Gilroy’s Bourne Ultimatum script, telling GQ:
“It’s really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position,” Damon tells GQ. “I don’t blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It’s terrible. It’s really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left.”
Damon quickly apologized, although he didn’t retract his statement regarding the quality of the script. But again, script isn’t so much an afterthought in a Greengrass movie as much as it’s a broad outline, and I’m a little surprised it’s taken this long to officially credit his editor as a co-writer.
As for where this “next Bourne chapter” will take the character, I’m curious but also cautious. The Bourne Ultimatum is such a terrific conclusion to the character’s arc, and it was also a very sharp piece of political commentary regarding the War on Terror. If Greengrass still wants to make a political statement, there’s no shortage of material—spying on Americans; secret torture programs; drone strikes—and it will be interesting to see where a Bourne story fits in at the end of the Obama Administration as opposed to Ultimatum, which came near the end of the Bush Administration.
Plans for a fourth “Bourne” movie stalled late last year when director Paul Greengrass walked away from the franchise and star Matt Damon followed, stating he wouldn’t do the sequel with anybody else. But the actor remained hopeful of his participation in the series, telling MTV News in December, “I think it’s going to happen someday.”
Damon continues to see himself in the role, more recently telling Empire that he and Greengrass are “probably another five years away” from the next chapter. But the next installment may be another thing entirely. Damon believes Universal will keep the franchise alive in the meantime with a feature-length flashback.
“There’ll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one,” he told the British magazine while promoting the UK release of “Invictus.”
What such a prequel would consist of is now something for us “Bourne” fans to wonder about. The last film, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” seemed to clear up the character’s origins adequately through flashbacks and exposition. So maybe such a film would follow Jason on his pre-amnesia missions, in which the killing-machine character would be portrayed as more of an anti-hero.
Actually, a “Bourne” prequel seems a lot like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to me. Would Danny Huston again take over for Brian Cox? Would we see an early mission including all the Treadstone assassins? Younger actors filling in for Clive Owen, Marton Csokas, Russell Levy and that guy who awkwardly jumps to his death in “The Bourne Idenity”?
Or, maybe it will just be a romantic comedy about the affair between Jason and Nicky (Julia Stiles’ character). I’m really curious how that relationship could have possibly happened, however serious it was, given what we’ve seen of the characters over the course of the trilogy.
Would you be okay with the “Bourn” franchise continuing with a prequel? A Reboot? What would you like to see in a pre-amnesia “Bourne” movie?
Matt Damon is ditching the successful “Bourne” series, and will not star in the series’ fourth film. Damon, who played government agent Jason Bourne in the last three movies, admitted that the franchise’s future remains uncertain but expects that the next film will be a prequel to the original 2002 “Bourne Identity” movie.
“I don’t know you know. I think it will be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one.
I think we are probably five years away from another one. We gotta get a script. If you have any ideas please call Universal.”
Previously, Damon had said that he hoped to start work on a new Bourne movie in 2011. Later, however, he admitted that he wasn’t sure if he’d sign up again after director Paul Greengrass’ departure.
Damon, 39, would now rather spend his time focusing on directing, but only if the right project comes along.
“I want a simple little human story. Something like Good Will Hunting or something that’s smaller like that. Nothing too tricky the first time.
I don’t know if I’ll be in it. I’d prefer not to be. I’ve heard from other people and Ben told me it’s tough, it’s a lot of hard work.”