After an extended game of will-he-or-won't-he? that has played out in the media for several years, Matt Damon has finally confirmed that he will reprise his role as Jason Bourne. Well, actually, his close friend Ben Affleck revealed the news while talking with E! about the fourth season of their HBO show Project Greenlight. But Damon filled in details shortly thereafter.
"[Damon's] going to be doing a Bourne movie next fall when I've just completely lost any semblance of physical fitness," said Affleck, while comparing his muscles to Damon's physique.
Pressed for clarification, Damon said, "Yes, next year. It'll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. [Director] Paul Greengrass is going to do another one, and that's all I ever said. I just needed him to say 'yes.'"
Fans have been clamoring for Damon to return to the franchise since 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, and the actor has remained open to the prospect throughout the years. "I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director. We've just never been able to come up with a story," said Damon during an interview with CNBC in May. "It felt like such a good way to end it the last time. But having said that, I love that character and I'd love to see what happened to him."
Universal moved the series forward with Jeremy Renner in the lead as Alex Cross in 2012's The Bourne Legacy. It's unclear how Damon's return will impact the release of an Alex Cross follow-up, but Renner's film was slated to arrive in 2016 as well, and it's doubtful the studio will release both.
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