Matt Damon Says More ‘Bourne’ Unlikely
When ‘The Bourne Legacy‘ was released, producer Frank Marshall mentioned that he hoped a fifth film would bring the characters played by Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner together. This may be wishful thinking as Damon has recently said that he doesn’t think he’ll go back for more.
Damon recently talked to Movieline, and stuck by his standard line, which is that he won’t return unless director Paul Greengrass wants to make another one, but also added that the fourth film (which he hasn’t seen) makes his return all the more unlikely. Damon said “because they use our actors and characters, whatever they said [in ‘Legacy’] is true and so we’d have to acknowledge it in any Bourne movie that we’d do. And that makes it really tough. I don’t think we can do the ‘Dallas’ it-was-all-a-dream scenario . I don’t think the audience would go for that after they paid money to see a movie.”
Unfortunately for fans of ‘Legacy’ (if they exist), the fourth film ended up making $112 Million domestically, and is currently at $232 worldwide, which is about $20 Million more than the first film made globally. But once you factor in ten years of inflation it did less than ‘The Bourne Identity’ and made about half what the third film did. Though Universal have said they are up for making more, the numbers don’t support it.
Of course Greengrass may come to a point where he needs a hit film, which could rope Damon and company into a new sequel, but Damon has talked publicly about how terrible the shoot on the third film was, and how much of those problems fell at the feet of screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who Universal had write and direct the fourth film.