Matt Damon Eyes George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’; Still Doubts ‘Bourne 5′ Return

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George Clooney is co-writing, directing and starring in an adaptation of Robert M. Edsel’s non-fiction WWII book The Monuments Men, which reunites the Oscar-nominated Hollywood power-player/humanitarian with a number of old friends and familiar faces – including Matt Damon, who is in talks to reunite with Clooney after appearing alongside him in the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy and Syriana.

Damon is also working the press circuit for Good Will Hunting and Milk director Gus Van Sant’s upcoming Oscar-bait release Promised Land, which he co-wrote (and co-headlines) with The Office‘s John Krasinski. Naturally, journalists are once again hounding Damon for details about his possible return in Bourne 5; however, he’s yet to waver from his previous non-committal stance.

Edsel’s historical source material chronicles the efforts of the “Monuments Men”: a group of American and British art historians/museum curators who rally to recover art stolen by the Third Reich before it is destroyed – as members of Hitler’s regime rush to cover their tracks during the final days of WWII. Deadline says Damon’s up to join the supporting cast for Clooney’s adaptation, which includes Daniel Craig (Skyfall), Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson) and Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit).

Clooney’s film could focus more on the theme of international cooperation than Ben Affleck’s current Oscar-contender Argo does, but unfold as a similar white-knuckle historical thriller driven by extraordinary circumstances. Affleck (the director) has an edge on Clooney (the filmmaker) in this area, as the latter tends to get by more on the strengths of his cast and script (see: The Ides of March) – rather than his skills behind the camera (in this writer’s opinion, anyway). However, Monuments Men has a pretty terrific acting ensemble – and the script Clooney co-penned with Grant Heslov should be solid – so that bodes well.

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As for Damon and Bourne 5: last time the actor spoke about the project, he’d not yet seen Bourne Legacy and was expressing doubt based on what he’d heard about the (sorta) Bourne franchise spinoff’s storyline. However, in a new interview with The Playlist, Damon says that he’s since checked out the Jeremy Renner-led Legacy – and admits that it confirmed most of his previous reservations about a team-up with ‘Hawkeye’ in the next Bourne installment.

Here is what Damon said:

“I think it’s going to make it harder for us to make another one. I’m just trying to figure out like… Because [in 'Bourne Legacy'] they used our characters, anything that happens in that world, that’s the ‘Bourne’ world now. So the pill popping and all that stuff happens.”

Damon has made it no secret that he thinks Jason Bourne’s story was properly concluded in Bourne Ultimatum, and has been skeptical about the proposition of his return since then (especially after spending a good chunk of time brain-storming a fourth installment with director Paul Greengrass).

On that subject, he reiterated:

“I don’t know what that story would be. I love Jeremy and I’m a huge fan of him and I know him personally and love him outside of work, too. But I just don’t know what that story would be. I could never see Bourne teaming up with anyone. And all he said was – he wanted out, he wanted out, he wanted out. So how do you get that character going again?”

We can still get behind the idea of Damon and Renner working together in Bourne 5, but the story would have to be all the more compelling following Bourne Legacy (which felt like an extraneous and unnecessary addition to the series). Of course, money talks in Tinseltown and Universal is on record as planning more Bourne sequels – so Damon better prepare to be harassed about this issue even more in the future…

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Screen Rant will keep you up-to-date on development for both The Monuments Men and Bourne 5.

Source: Deadline, The Playlist

TAGS: Bourne 5, the bourne legacy, The Monuments Men

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  1. Hahah does nobody else see the irony here of Matt Damon wanting out of the franchise? Taking relating to your character to a new extreme, here

  2. This sounds more like Matt Damon wanting to be in an Avengers movie or anything with Jeremy Renner EXCEPT Bourne xD

  3. Legacy was decent, on par with the 1st Bourne film, but not nearly as good as the 2nd or 3rd film. I liked Renners character and want to see more with him. I would also like to see Damon back, but he’s right from the point of view that the Bourne character wanted out and now he’s out. Damon’s also right in that a team up- would be totally out of character. They would have to do some kind of plot with both characters working the same event from different angles and then meeting up at the end or something.

  4. Bourne Legacy was terrible. Matt Damon would be right to not get involved. The pills were stupid, as were the characters. The whole movie was them basically saying, “You think Jason Bourne was the whole story? He wasn’t”. Not to mention when they bring in the “treadstone without the consistency” and he is dead ten minutes later by a kick from the doctor. I just found it a very poor excuse for a film, and a disgrace to the Bourne name. Good job Matt Damon. Steer clear.

  5. I’m just hoping they get a good premise and a good script for the next Bourne movie… I really want to see a Bourne/Cross team up and the only way that’s probably gonna happen is if the script is rock solid.

  6. As a huge Bourne fan I can honestly say I enjoyed Legacy and it re-created the “sitting at the edge-of-your-seat” feeling that all of the other Bourne movies were great at doing. The other great part about the trilogy was how well they tied each film back into the whole story and wrapped it up PERFECTLY.

    They should stop trying to bring Jason back, and write really really good material for 2 more Renner movies – they have a formula that works, just go with it and we’ll keep coming back for more!

  7. While I have some of the succeeding Bourne books, I haven’t read any of them. I haven’t seen this film yet, either, but I really loved the very first books. Actually, I loved most of Ludlum’s books from back then…

  8. I feel like I’m the only one who loved the Bourne Legacy :neutral:

    • Can’t say I “loved” it, but it’s definitely not as bad as some people make it out to be.
      It’s a solid action movie through-and-through IMO.

  9. The pills and “augmentation” were not true to the Bourne books (if Ludlum were still alive, he would probably not approve). I think Damon was alluding to that.

    While Renner was good as the new Bourne, they could have done without the DNA engineering and just said it was the training program. I liked most of the Bourne Legacy outside of that but it ended a bit too abruptly and I was expecting a better finale with the antagonist.

    • If Ludlum was alive he would roll over in his grave.

      Seriously though, I agree with pretty much everything you said.

    • “While Renner was good as the new Bourne” – that sentence gives me the idea that you don’t what you’re talking about… that or, you just worded your comment very badly.

      • Well… it didn’t sound right as “while Renner was good as Cross”. Maybe they should have titled the movie “The Cross Identity” (or even better “The Bourne Steroids”).

        But I think you got my point.

        • The title makes perfect sense.
          The movie’s called the Bourne Legacy because the events of the movie all play off on the LEGACY of Bourne and what Bourne started.

          • I was being sarcastic.

            Although… if you want to nitpick… the movie wasn’t about Bourne’s Legacy… it was about Treadstone’s. Unless you think the chemicals created were based on Bourne’s DNA (which I don’t think they were… it was a separate program). It’s not like Cross was doing this because of Bourne’s agenda… he had his own.

            Bourne Legacy as a title would have made more sense had it been like the book (which was even more literal by having Bourne hunted by his own son).

  10. I hope Damon comes back

  11. Sure it was a risky undertaking having a Bourne movie without Jason Bourne.And maybe a bit too James Bond esque before the reboot.But Legacy was a good film.I also don’t see a reason for Matt Damon to return.If they want to continue they could do it with Renner and preferably Weisz as his sidekick.They could start a whole new franchise without the Ludlum Bourne conspiracy and start a complete new one.

    • I completely agree

  12. I thought the Bourne Legacy was solid. The best will always be the original, The Bourne Identity. Bourne Supremacy was pretty bad. The Bourne Ultimatum was ok. Renner did a good job as Cross, but honestly, these movies are about Jason Bourne and Matt Damon was excellent playing the character. By the way, anyone that says Ludlum would be “rolling in his grave” about The Bourne Legacy obviously didn’t read his books. The movies have very little to do with the books.

  13. Hmm…I agree with Matt Damon about them making it tough to come back as Bourne 5 after making The Legacy because one of the reasons why people liked the movies I think–besides the fact that we all LOVE Damon (personally I love him more then everyone)–is because the stories are on the edge of being realistic and it sounds like The Legacy is not too realistic so now that the Legacy was made without Matt it might tarnish Bourne 5 if it could even be made allthough nothing is impossible in hollywood land LOL! But I too would love to see him once more in a Bourne movie (and I could be his personal assistant) :) But anyhow Matt Damon is the only Jason Bourne xoxo.

    • ‘it sounds like The Legacy is not too realistic’. That’s why its a movie; WATCH IT. You were quite willing to suspend your disbelief about someone being physchologically conditioned to be some super soldier played by Matt Damon, but the idea that behaviorial and pyschically enhancing pills is too much of a stretch (in the modern world with steroids and pyscho-active drugs – with half of this country on meds)??! I’ll be on my spaceship : ) BTW Jeremy Renner doesn’t even PLAY as Jason Bourne xoxo T H A T ‘ S W H Y I T ‘ S T H E B O U R N E L E G A C Y (HEAD EXPLODES)

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  15. I love how Damon acts like the pill scenario somehow alters the ‘real world’ aspect of the Bourne universe. It’s only as improbable as the o.g. storyline of Bourne being pyschologically conditioned to be a super-badass, who happens to have amnesia. Bourne only learns about two programs, and only concerns himself with those. I think this installment paid more respect to the Bourne trilogy than it even had too. If those movies hadn’t been about him trying to regain his memories, they would have felt more like The Bourne Legacy did. This movie rocks, Tony Gilroy continued the franchise well without pissing all over the originals, and I hope that the Bourne character lives a long and happy life without being on screen again. I agree with Damon that the Bourne and Cross characters probably shouldn’t team up. Now, if they had to face off… wait, let ME write the script : )

  16. Damon’s comment about the “pill-popping” makes not sense. It was clearly mentioned in Legacy that Treadstone operatives did not have the “chems” as part of the program, and, in Legacy, they “viraled him out”, meaning no more “chems” needed.
    As a writer, I have plenty of ideas for them to meet in a Bourne story. So should they.

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