‘Bourne 5′ Update: Paul Greengrass Currently Not Involved

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When director Paul Greengrass applied his kinetic, documentary-esque filmmaking style to The Bourne Supremacy – the sequel to The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon – he turned an already superior spy thriller into a tough and gritty franchise and cemented Damon’s superstar status in the process. Of course, both Greengrass and Damon departed the franchise following The Bourne Ultimatum, so Tony Gilroy stepped in to direct The Bourne Legacy (with Jeremy Renner in the lead), which the studio hoped would kick off a new trilogy.

Long story short, Legacy was neither a big box office hit nor a critical darling (read our review here). Though Renner and Gilroy arguably deserve another shot at establishing their new narrative, many fans were hoping that Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon would return for the next installment. That film – still known only as Bourne 5 – is in development, but Damon insists he’d return only if Greengrass returns as well. So what does the director have to say?

Empire recently interviewed Greengrass – who’s promoting his upcoming modern-day pirates film, Captain Phillips – and asked him about the rumors that he might return for Bourne 5.

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Here’s what he had to say:

“I’ve absolutely no idea [where those rumors are coming from]. I’m not being funny but, no, that’s just a figment of someone’s imagination.”

Universal has similarly denied any involvement from the director or Damon, and when asked whether or not the possibility of collaborating on another Bourne film has come up in conversation with Damon, Greengrass said:

 “[Yes], quite a while ago. We might have a laugh about it, but a serious conversation? Not for a long time.”

Which is a fairly definitive statement. As for whether or not Greengrass wants to make another one, his response was more diplomatic than terribly revealing, saying:

“Um… listen, I loved the ‘Bourne’ movies. I loved making them but it’s like anything in life, you’ve got to move on and do different things.”

We know that Universal wants Bourne 5 to happen: Jack Ryan screenwriter Anthony Peckham (who wrote Guy Ritchie’s first Sherlock Holmes) is currently working on it, Jeremy Renner is returning to star, but Tony Gilroy’s involvement has yet to be confirmed. While fans would welcome the return of Greengrass and Damon (and many audiences would likely appreciate a Bourne flick which actually featured the title character), neither of them return to the well all that often.

Then again, while Greengrass has the highly-anticipated Captain Phillips coming up, other projects – like his Martin Luther King, Jr. project Memphis – have hit delays or been dumped altogether (like the proposed remake of Fantastic Voyage). Similarly, Damon has a role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and had the critics raving over his performance in Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, but his summer blockbuster Elysium failed to catch on as expected.

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For both Damon and Greengrass, the opportunity to not only excite fans with their return to the Bourne universe but also set the franchise back on track (with a virtual guarantee of box office success) might be a concept they would not be able to ignore, but only if both are on the same page as the studio, story-wise – and only if their other projects keep underperforming or hitting roadblocks.

Hypothetically, the idea that Jason Bourne could be coerced to emerge from hiding and assist Renner’s Aaron Cross in his takedown of the government’s secret Treadstone organization is a viable one. And as for friction between the stars, Renner has already proven, with his role in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, that he knows how to make his presence known in an established franchise while deferring to its longtime star.

Still, it all depends on Greengrass and his level of interest. He sounds very firmly not involved at this point, but the development stage of a franchise like this can be very fragile.

What say you, Screen Rant readers? Do you want to see Paul Greengrass return to the helm of the Bourne franchise? Let us know in the comments


There’s currently no release date for Bourne 5, so stay tuned to Screen Rant as more information becomes available.

Source: Empire Online

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  1. Treadwell. You mean Treadstone.

  2. Looks like we’ll be missing the “Green Green Grass of home.”

  3. Treadstone.

  4. I would like to see them both return, yeah. as for finding a good reason to have bourne return, arent there like 10 bourne books? i know they werent all written by the original writer, but couldnt they draw ispiration from them as to why bourne would return? the new author has obviously found plenty of ideas for more bourne adventures.

    • just looked it up, and yeah there has been ten books so far. But soon to be ELEVEN with one coming out this december.

      im curious, has anyone read the newer books in the series written by Eric Van Lustbader?

      • Previous 4 chapters were not based nor on Robert Ladlum books or on Eric Van Lustbader! You can read synopsis on wikipedia! They’re a bit trashy. Screenwriters revitalized franchise and first three chapters.

      • yeah,obviously not as cool as ludlum’s but pretty good too

  5. I think it’d be awesome to see the two return but not yet. Get Renner’s character down and have the final film in the trilogy be a team up or whatever they’re looking for. I mean Legacy wasn’t a dud by any means, it was mostly mixed but a sequel can easily bring it back to the top. It just needs a better story, Legacy’s story was just too simple and kinda boring in my opinion.

    I think once Damon and Greengrass return, it should no longer be a traditional Bourne film, it should be something else, more of an evolution of the franchise maybe. Risky but can have a huge payoff. That way , Greengrass and Damon won’t feel like they’re returning to familiar ground. It’s totally understandable to want to continue and leave the franchise no matter how awesome it was. If they do, I think it gives them that sense of retreading the past years of their life, who wants to do that? I remember returning to one of my old jobs for 2 weeks and I hated it. So I think it’s important to do something new for when/if they return.

  6. If you want Matt Damon BACK in Bourne5, follow/retweet/leave comments. It’d be better to see Matt&Jeremy team up in Bourne-5 and look like Clash of the Titans!

  7. To be honest I thought that this was a done deal when I saw Legacy.

    The ending of Legacy so shouted to me that Cross finds and teams up with Bourne.

    They’re both the A-class product of two differing philosophies to achieve the same goal (one chemical one behavioural conditioning), and together they would smash Treadstone / Blackbriar / whatever else it’s called.

    In the process they vindicate Pam Landy as she’s being thrown to the wolves and you’ll get 20years of congressional hearings on how the intelligence agencies are not the messiah but are very naughty boys.

    Job done, end of story, bye bye….. won’t see you later (till the inevitable Hollywood remake in 10-15 years)

  8. Whatever, I would like to see Matt Damon in another Jason Bourne movie. He is the label for Jason Bourne and no other face will bring me back to the movies in a Bourne movie.

  9. I want another film with just Jeremy and Rachael, but without Gilroy. I like Jeremy very much, but it is also important to me that both Rachael and Joan Allen’s characters continue and are developed fully. If Allen’s presence and Gilroy’s absence allow for the return of Bourne then that is great, but if they get the right script and director next time it might not be a big issue either way.

  10. Want both of them back if not movie will bomb

  11. Loved Bourne Legacy, Renner did an awesome job with what he had. Excited about the new writer!! I am interested to see where they take Jeremy and Rachel as well as to see what if anything will transpire between Renner’s and Norton’s character! I Loved Damon fighting the bad guys , but after the third one I felt that all has been said and done, and I have no desire to see him return.

  12. I loved the Borne Identity. The sequels almost made me sick with quick cuts and shaky cams. Neither sequel holds a candle to the original.

    Regarding Legacy I had no issue with Renner or the direction. Action was good and crisp. The plot let them both down or lack of a plot.

  13. Damon should be in it, if anything to do some torch passing to Renner since Cruise didn’t do it for MI.

    And have Affleck do a cameo at the end… as Batman.

    Peace! I’m out! I’m BigNerd!

  14. I also would like to see jason bourne return for like the 6 film. that way they can continue legacys story and tie it up some before having cross and bourne team up. i know im not alone in thinking that legacy felt like one extended Act 1. all we got was a setup, no real conflict. so they can continue that with 5 and have it be Act 2 with a mid act climax with bourne showing up at the end, then have 6 be the teamup and the rest of act 2 then act 3. Haha sorry i just felt like legacy was only like a third of a movie and then it just ENDS. it wasnt even a cliffhanger it was just DONE.

  15. The bourne movies came back to life with arron cross! I liked the first one alot, then #2 came out with almost no action! Kind of through me off! I didn’t even watch the 3rd one! But then Bourne Legacy came out! Wow couldn’t wait to see it! Jeremy Renner as Arron Cross so good! I will now go back to watch the 3rd one for info! I like Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, wouldn’t mind seeing him again, but for me Arron Cross a must! But please don’t make them against each other, that would truly suck!

  16. For me there is only one Jason Bourne. Matt Damon.
    Also it must have the music of John Powell and Moby.

  17. Suggestion for Jason Bourne 5
    The Bourne Determination
    Jason is called in to dismantle a Threadstone operation on a space station where they plan to commit their disasterly deeds on earth Getting Bourne there is treacherous as it is discovered there is a Threadstone operative on board their ship etc etc
    Margaret Ellen Griffin