This summer Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass brought Jason Bourne back to audiences. Given their recent success (The Martian, Captain Phillips), they weren't pleading to get back in anyone's good graces, but instead continuing to develop a character they enjoy. The results worked out well enough. A somewhat mixed critical reception aside, the film was a box office success that managed to tell a story that caught audiences up with where Bourne is now. Now it's a matter of where to take Bourne next.
With Jason Bourne's home release on the way, new chatter is starting to come out concerning the future of the Bourne franchise. One man who has stuck with the series all the way, including the 2012 spin-off/semi-sequel The Bourne Legacy, is famed producer Frank Marshall (Indiana Jones, Jurassic World). During an interview, Marshall was able to provide a few details on what the atmosphere is like, as far as more adventures in the Bourne universe go.
When asked directly by Yahoo whether or not there was interest in seeing future Bourne films, Marshall stated:
"I have spoken to [both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass]. Obviously they’re very pleased with how the movie turned out. It’s really about the story, just like on this one, everyone said ‘if you come to us with a good story, we’ll think about it.’ So right now, we’re taking a pause and then we’re going to dive back in and try to find a story. We did leave it wide open at the end of the movie to continue on in Bourne’s world so we’ll see what we can come up with."
The question of Damon's age also came up, which allowed Marshall to briefly get into why there are ways to keep the franchise going:
"I think it’s an ongoing thing. Obviously you have to have a story that fits the actor so if we go on who knows where he’s going to go? He’s not always going to be the Jason Bourne that he was 15 years ago, but there are a lot of other things he could be doing in that world, so I think that’s what’s going to be exciting for us to try and explore."
Keeping the participation of various cast members in mind, Marshall had this to say when asked about revisiting the world of Aaron Cross that started with Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy:
"Probably not. I don’t know. That story is still out there as well but it’s not… we’re not talking about it."
Marshall is very blunt about thoughts on Bourne Legacy's future, which is fitting. That film also received a mixed reaction from critics and performed relatively low for a Bourne film at the box office. Meanwhile, Jason Bourne made $415 million on a $120 million budget, which is not bad at all and certainly finds Universal Studios in a position to keep things going with Damon - should he and Greengrass remain interested. While the series has stepped far away from the original Robert Ludlum novels at this point, but establishing a new character played by Alicia Vikander and keeping some openings in mind for Bourne, could allow for future development.
The best thing another Bourne film could do is mix things up a bit. The series has found a way to hover around the same basic idea for most of its sequels at this point - and audiences would appreciate a fresh approach to where to take Bourne next. Still, as long as Greengrass is still happy to step in and put together some sublime, real world-based action sequences, there is at least a fun level of spectacle to look forward to, should Bourne 6 come together. The real question, though, still has to be whether Damon and Renner will ever end up sharing the same screen in one of these films.
Jason Bourne is now available on VOD and arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD December 6th, 2016.