Jeremy Renner’s Bourne Legacy didn’t come close to Matt Damon’s turn as Jason Bourne, but now producers would like him to return, but the star has serious doubts about teaming up with The Avengers Hawkeye. Plus he still wants Paul Greengrass back to direct before he’d consider a return.
The intrigue behind the Jason Bourne franchise is just as twisty turny as the film themselves. Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass completed the trilogy with The Bourne Ultimatum, and since that did so well at the box office, naturally another one was quickly greenlit to go.
Tony Gilroy, who earned a Best Director nomination back in 2007 for Michael Clayton was tapped to develop another one. Greengrass and Damon were busy shooting The Green Zone, and when they came back it was determined that Gilroy would be directing which set off some fireworks. Damon refused to do another one without Greengrass so up and comer Jeremy Renner was brought on as another character. Renner’s star has grown considerably since then after The Avengers and the decent box office for The Bourne Legacy where he played Aaron Cross. He’s also contractually obligated to be in the next picture with or without Damon.
Damon mentioned to Movieline that his return could ruin the credibility of the franchise which is something he wouldn’t want to risk. “From what I understand, it kind of relives [The Bourne Ultimatum] from a different perspective. What that means, because they use our actors and characters, is that whatever they said [in Legacy] is true, and so we’d have to acknowledge it in any Bourne movie that we’d do. And that makes it really tough. I don’t think we can do the Dallas it-was-all-a-dream scenario. I don’t think the audience would go for that after they paid money to see a movie.”
He added the allegiance to Greengrass. “There has not been any movement,” Damon said. “I’ve always been open to it as long as Paul Greengrass directs, I don’t think he’s going to do it.” He added that he’s still attracted to the character, but reiterated his point that the closure in Ultimatum presents a problem for further development: “Where do you go next?”
Damon definitely has the upper hand with this since the Bourne trilogy pulled in just about a billion dollars, and his return would easily bring the box office back to his last outing. Actors sometimes take to the press to make themselves known to producers and what they want so don’t be surprised if Greengrass is brought back into the fold for more Jason Bourne action.
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