Universal’s “The Bourne Legacy”, their attempt to continue the “Bourne” franchise minus Bourne himself, did well for the studio — but it didn’t do THAT well. Still, $276 million worldwide (over $100 million of that Stateside) from a $125 million budget is nothing to sneeze at. But given that “The Bourne Ultimatum”, the last Matt Damon-Paul Greengrass team-up earned $442 million, it might not be too farfetched to think that Universal might be thinking “what if…”
Such as, what if Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass re-teamed for a third Bourne movie? (The fourth Bourne film for star Damon, and the third for director Greengrass.)
The interwebs was all afire with rumors that Damon and Greengrass were in talks with the studio to return to the franchise yesterday, and I was going to write that up, but ended up playing Candy Crush and forgot all about it. Today brings word from Variety that Universal is denying the rumor.
Or at least, sources within the bowels of Universal are telling the trade that “there is nothing going on between the studio and Damon and Greengrass”.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that an unidentified “source” has been wrong. Or just flat-out lied.
Still, the idea of Damon and Greengrass re-teaming for a third Bourne movie might be something that fans are ready for given the lackluster reaction to “The Bourne Legacy”. This doesn’t, though, jive with previous reports that had “Legacy” star Jeremy Renner returning for a “Bourne 5” that would continue his character’s adventures. It could simply be that Universal would rather not deal with whatever crap Damon and Greengrass like to dish out, and thinks they can build on Renner’s Aaron Cross character.
After all, while “The Bourne Legacy’s” $276 million is not “The Bourne Ultimatum’s” $442 million, it did much better than the first “Bourne” movie, and was just a shade under the second “Bourne” movie’s total. So there’s room to build there.