It’s likely that Matt Damon will reunite with director Paul Greengrass to reprise his role as Jason Bourne for a new installment of the popular film franchise based on Robert Ludlum novels.
Damon and Greengrass are both in talks with the studio to return for a fourth film. The actor has stipulated he would only consider doing another Bourne movie if Greengrass directs. But wait, the plot thickens. Universal has a separate Bourne film in the works starring Jeremy Renner, who headlined the 2012 reboot titled The Bourne Legacy. The reboot, in which Renner played hero Aaron Cross, was profitable at the box office but below expectations. The new Renner film will be directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6).
Some say if a deal is struck with Damon, the Renner project could be put on hold. Although Universal is declining to comment on either of these projects, Bourne franchise producer Frank Marshall said, “We’re on two tracks. And if this one [with Damon and Greengrass] comes together, great, but they’re still just talking.”
A big part of the negotiations involves the storyline of the proposed film. There may not be a script yet, but a concept is on the table. Creative differences originally caused Damon and Greengrass to break from the franchise after 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum.
If it comes down to a choice between the two projects, Damon will probably have the advantage, considering his last Bourne picture grossed $442.8 million worldwide compared to Renner’s, which came in at $276.1 million.