You might have heard, but “The Bourne Legacy” is the fourth movie in the franchise, but the first one not starring Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, though you might not know that from the film’s trailers and TV spots, which references Damon’s Bourne so much if you weren’t paying close attention you might think Damon was back for another go-round. (I’m sure the studio didn’t do this on purpose. Nope, not at all.)
While in Comic Con over the weekend to promote “Elysium”, the latest sci-fi film as social allegory by director Neill Blomkamp of “District 9” fame, Damon was, of course, asked about the Bourne franchise. Thanks to MTV, here’s a round-up of all the answers he gave on this subject:
Look, I’ve been interested in doing another one for five years. We just can’t figure out the script. I’m up for it, but again it’s all about the script, It’s got to be a good one.
I really want to do another one and I think Paul Greengrass does too. But I think it’s the same question we’ve had after each one. If we really feel we can do it and that it will deserve to live with the other three that we did. If we can make one where we go into it feeling it can be even better than those, and it ends up being in that same ballpark, then we should do it. But If we can’t, then we really should leave it alone.
Man, Damon sure has a love affair with Greengrass, huh? It’s “Me and Greengrass” this, “Me and Greengrass” that. Sheesh.
Anyways, about the upcoming “Bourne Legacy” (to E! Online):
I think the movie will be really good. Tony [Gilroy] is really smart, he’s a really good writer and a really good director and I’m sure he made a good movie. The question will be if they can franchise that movie, because if they can, then they’ll be done with me. They’ll just keep making those.
He’s not wrong about that. If “The Bourne Legacy” is a hit, or a big enough hit minus Damon, Universal will definitely keep making new “Bourne” films without Damon, at least until the return on investment dries up, after which they will probably make a deal with Damon to come back and make the “return of the original Jason Bourne” into a big deal.
There is a reason they call it show business, after all.