Matt Damon Says Bourne 4 Could be a Prequel … Without Him?

The boys and gals at Empire cornered Matt Damon at the UK premiere of his rugby movie “Invictus” and laid some “Bourne 4″ questions on him. According to Matty, the departure of his best cinema bud Paul Greengrass may mean that “Bourne 4″ will be delayed, but of course that doesn’t mean another “Bourne” movie couldn’t get made first … without him. Huh? Here’s the word from the horse’s mouth:

“There’ll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one, just because I think we’re probably another five years away from doing it – we’ve got to get a script…”

A prequel? How old is Bourne exactly, in his ’30s? What is the prequel going to be about, Bourne in his ’20s? Isn’t the point and draw of the Bourne movies the fact that there’s this lethal assassin guy with amnesia running around? And didn’t he already figured it all out by the third movie? Why is there even a fourth movie except just to squeeze blood from a stone?

Look, I “get” why Universal wants to do it, but why is Damon even considering coming back? Or Greengrass? Really, guys, is there really that much story left to tell? Then again, Greengrass did take the first opportunity presented him to ditch the franchise, so maybe Damon should take his cue. For a guy whose career is smoking hot right now, it boggles the mind why Damon is even considering another go-round as Bourne. He should save it for when his career is in the crapper, which let’s face it, its coming. It always does, sooner or later…

Matt Damon, deep in thought about what to buy with his superfluous sequel money.