Greengrass and Damon are Bourne free


28th February 2010

Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon have effectively cut their ties to the Bourne franchise, but they are still talking up a reboot. Hey Hollywood: reboot this. (*points to computer*). It needs a system update, motherfucker.

I don't think anyone who really enjoyed the Bourne trilogy wants to see a fourth movie. Everything was resolved in three movies, so there's really very little point revisiting an amnesiac who's got his memory back, unless you want to watch scenes of him playing on Dr Kawashima's Brain Training on his Nintendo DS to keep fresh.

I'm sure Paul Greengrass could make even that look interesting (shaky-cam alert!) but it ain't gonna happen. On press for Iraq war thriller Green Zone, a movie which might as well be called 'STOP ASKING US ABOUT JASON BOURNE', Greengrass and Damon have been talking down the proposed plans for a Bourne fourquel.

Speaking to CHUD, Greengrass effectively put the bullet in Bourne's skull:

"I thought I could find a way to get engaged and make [a fourth Bourne film], [but] I thought in my head there were so many other things and films I wanted to make. I didn't have the fire in my belly.

They need to find someone else to come in to take it in a new direction I wouldn't have thought of and it will be better."
Damon corroborates their apparent disenfranchisement with JB, talking to Coming Soon, but does mention a possible future for everyone's favourite brain-farting super-spy:

"I think they have a good way to do a prequel with someone else, and basically make it about the Bourne identity, the actual identity. Any studio is interested in making it an evergreen that can just go on and on and on, and it never will with our character because he's resolved his issues now.

He's got his memory back three times now. I don't think anybody wants to see me say "I don't remember" again, but I think what we could do is that you can do some movies with another actor, anyone, whether it's Ryan Gosling or Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington, and he's Jason Bourne.

At the end of his one or two or three movies, you see them getting ready to pass the identity onto me, so it just becomes like a 007, it becomes the name that they give this certain person who is uniquely positioned."
Curiouser and curiouser. Interesting to see Bourne apeing Bond, rather than the other way around. And I for one would love to see a Russell Crowe Bourne movie, if just for the scene where he tries to jump through a window. And gets stuck.

Side note: how fuckin' awesome are the Bourne movies?

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