Matt Damon Clarifies his Previously Less Than Thrilled Bourne Comments

The last time Matt Damon commented on Tony Gilroy and Universal’s upcoming “The Bourne Legacy” (aka the Bourne movie where Bourne doesn’t appear), he sounded, er, less than thrilled with what Universal was doing.

I found out they’re making another when somebody saw it on the Internet. Nobody bothered to call me. I’m not in it, but even so, they’ll work Bourne into the title I guess. Universal just wants to call everything the Bourne something. So I guess they are trying to make another franchise and as they say, ‘It isn’t over until it’s over.’

While talking to EW, Matt Damon sounded a lot more, shall we say, diplomatic about the “Bourne” films and what Universal and writer/director Tony Gilroy are trying to do.

I was in a roundtable and they were, like, badgering me about the next Bourne movie. And I was like, “I don’t know, guys, they didn’t call me. They’re doing another movie with Tony.” I think it’s a smart thing to do. It doesn’t interfere with Paul [Greengrass] and me doing a movie. As I understand it, if you think of X-Men and then Wolverine, it’s just that process in reverse. Tony doesn’t want to hurt the Bourne story. So as I understand it, Jason Bourne is alive in the world that Tony’s going to create. I don’t appear in it, but it’s very much that world. As far as Paul and I are concerned, as long as there’s room for us to come in and do another one, we’re thrilled.

“Thrilled”, eh? He goes on:

Yeah, though Tony is a really clever guy. My guess is he has thought of a really great way to do it, to create a whole world that feels like the Bourne world, where Jason Bourne is very much alive and out there. We’ll see. I wish him well. It can only help us if it’s really good. And Tony at this point is an A-list director in his own right. He doesn’t have to do the movie. The fact that he found something that he felt was worthy of doing, I think, says a lot.

Sounds like someone suddenly realized that the “Bourne” films are a great back-up plan in case the career fizzles somewhat in the new few years, and wants to keep the doors open and all the bridges intact for his eventual return to a sure-fire hit.

Hey, I don’t blame him. He is Matt Damon, after all.