[Update for Sept 16, 2014: It’s true! Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are back for Bourne 5]
Ever since Universal Pictures decided to continue the Bourne franchise with Jeremy Renner as its new lead, moviegoers couldn’t help but think about how cool it would be to see his character team up with Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon. In the two years since The Bourne Legacy hit theaters however, Damon – star of the original Bourne trilogy - has been doubtful of the chances of his return but not from lack of interest.
Damon and director Paul Greengrass haven’t been able to come up with a story involving the return of Jason Bourne that makes sense, and not even Jonathan Nolan – whom Damon asked for ideas – could crack it either. Perhaps director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) and writer Andrew Baldwin – both new to the Bourne franchise – found the right formula because Latino-Review is reporting confidently from their most trusted source that Matt Damon will indeed be back for the untitled Bourne 5.
It was just yesterday that we learned Universal had pushed back Bourne 5 from summer 2015 to summer 2016 and according to the scoop, it’s so they could fit in Matt Damon. A new director, new writer and the team-up of Renner and Damon might just be what the franchise needs after mediocre reviews for Legacy and a less impressive box office haul.
Renner has made a name for himself in recent years jumping into key roles in major existing franchises, all of which have earned followups for him to return – from playing Hawkeye in The Avengers and its upcoming sequel, to becoming another agent in the Mission: Impossible series alongside Tom Cruise. He knows action, he’s been nominated twice for Oscars, and Damon has consistently praised him, even admitting to suggesting Renner as a replacement for Bourne.
There were rumors late last year that Universal was in negotiations with Damon (and Greengrass) to return and as early last month the star still claimed he was open to it, depending no the story. Are you game to see Aaron Cross and Jason Bourne team-up on screen?
Bourne 5 opens in theaters July 15, 2016.
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