Despite the absence of the franchise's main character and lead actor, "The Bourne Legacy" proved to be a success this summer and revealed there's still plenty of gas left in the tank for the franchise. However, Matt Damon has indicated that the franchise might have to continue soldiering on without him, as he recently revealed that it's unlikely he'll ever take up the Bourne mantle again.
When asked about future "Bourne" projects by Movieline, Damon said that "there has not been any movement" on any new installments. While he also reiterated his openness to returning so long as Paul Greengrass directs, he admits that he believes the director won't do so.
"I don't think he's going to do it," Damon said before discussing the problems he and the director might have with a follow-up. Specifically, he speaks about how the last film "kind of relives 'The Bourne Ultimatum' from a different perspective" and uses the actors and characters from that film.
As such, Damon insists that "whatever they said in 'Legacy' is true," and it's possible that Greengrass wouldn't feel like working around that. He also thinks it would be disingenuous to simply write the events of that film off, as audiences might not take well to that "after they paid money to see a movie."
Franchise screenwriter Troy Gilroy took up the directing reigns in "The Bourne Legacy," and, in the past, he mentioned that he would like to see Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross team up with Damon's Jason Bourne. However, that doesn't seem very likely to happen given Damon's recent comments.
Collider also notes that both Greengrass and Damon have a "touchy" relationship with Gilroy as well, which makes future collaborations even more unlikely.
If Damon's word proves to be true, this leaves Universal with a newly rebooted franchise that now only has one direction it can take. While "Legacy" was a hit, one wonders if audiences will continue taking to Bourne movies that don't feature Jason Bourne in them
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