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

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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.

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  • Dan

    I just would like to say that all the Bourne films are based off the books of the same name. There was a fourth book that, in short, does explore Bourne’s life as David Webb, but his Bourne life comes after him and forces him out of retirement.

    Also, I’d probably guess if they do a prequel, it’d make sense to make it of (*spoiler alert if you haven’t seen Ultimatum*) Webb enlisting in Treadstone and his first few missions as Bourne, then end with how he failed his last mission and end with his getting dumped where we find him in Identity. At least that’s what I’d do.

  • Dan

    I just would like to say that all the Bourne films are based off the books of the same name. There was a fourth book that, in short, does explore Bourne’s life as David Webb, but his Bourne life comes after him and forces him out of retirement.

    Also, I’d probably guess if they do a prequel, it’d make sense to make it of (*spoiler alert if you haven’t seen Ultimatum*) Webb enlisting in Treadstone and his first few missions as Bourne, then end with how he failed his last mission and end with his getting dumped where we find him in Identity. At least that’s what I’d do.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      The movies had NOTHING to do with the Ludlum books past the initial (assassin loses memory) plot.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      The movies had NOTHING to do with the Ludlum books past the initial (assassin loses memory) plot.

  • Dan

    I just would like to say that all the Bourne films are based off the books of the same name. There was a fourth book that, in short, does explore Bourne’s life as David Webb, but his Bourne life comes after him and forces him out of retirement.

    Also, I’d probably guess if they do a prequel, it’d make sense to make it of (*spoiler alert if you haven’t seen Ultimatum*) Webb enlisting in Treadstone and his first few missions as Bourne, then end with how he failed his last mission and end with his getting dumped where we find him in Identity. At least that’s what I’d do.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

      The movies had NOTHING to do with the Ludlum books past the initial (assassin loses memory) plot.

  • RichardL

    I started Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity” and couldn’t even get through half of it.
    For one, the story is totally different, the character of Bourne is totally different, and I think that it is poorly written.
    The movies hold up to multiple viewings.

  • RichardL

    I started Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity” and couldn’t even get through half of it.
    For one, the story is totally different, the character of Bourne is totally different, and I think that it is poorly written.
    The movies hold up to multiple viewings.

  • RichardL

    I started Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity” and couldn’t even get through half of it.
    For one, the story is totally different, the character of Bourne is totally different, and I think that it is poorly written.
    The movies hold up to multiple viewings.

  • http://ask4you.net/ anthony

    Better that bond

  • http://ask4you.net/ anthony

    Better that bond

  • http://ask4you.net anthony

    Better that bond

  • JJ

    I would have to say it is a serious gamble to do a fourth movie. I myself would love to see another movie with Damon kickin the crap out of everyone and pullin out last minute solutions to seemingly impossible problems, but if Greengrass isn’t directing it might have an entirely different effect. It might turn the dark and ominous Bourne Character into another cookie cutter hollywood attempt to extract more money out of a franchise that has, in my humble opinion, ran its course.