Ok, so maybe the title of this post is a little confusing, but first things first: For all you die hard fans out there holding out for a Bourne sequel with Matt Damon starring Jason Bourne, the answer is no. It’s already been covered, Damon will only do it if Director Paul Greengrass directs, but Greengrass has said “no”. However, a while ago we reported that Damon thinks a prequel may be in order.
In an interview with Collider, here’s how Damon thinks it could be possible:
Damon: Well, I think that they have a good way to do a prequel with someone else, and basically make it about the Bourne identity, the actual identity. What any studio is interested in is making it like an evergreen, so it can just go on, and on, and on, and it never will with our character because he’s going to resolve himself and he’s resolved his issues now. He’s got his memory back three times. I don’t think anybody wants to see me say, “I don’t remember” again. But I think what we could do, is like, you know, so you can do some movies with another actor, anyway, whether it’s Ryan Gosling or Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington, and he’s Jason Bourne. And then at the end of his one movie, or two movies, or three movies, you see them getting ready to pass the identity on to me, so it just becomes like a 007, it becomes a name that they give this certain person who’s uniquely positioned. Right? And so then, if Paul and I come back and do a fourth one in 10 years, right, we’ll pass it on to someone else, and then it can kind of go on. But I think the only way to make it go away from us is to say no.
Russel Crowe as Bourne? I know you’re only using him as an example, Damon, but am I cool with that? And yes, for anyone who skimmed over that entire quote without taking anything in, Damon is thinking the Bourne series could be turned into a franchise similar to James Bond.
Of course, with the way things change in Hollywood, Damon may very well change his mind at a later date, but turning the Bourne series into a James Bond-like series is an interesting idea to toy with. Sure there’ll be a few duds, maybe a couple with Bourne in space, but in the end it could turn out alright (given that we don’t get sick of the whole amnesia thing after a while).