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Matt Damon on Bourne's future: "Maybe people are done with the character"

03.09.2017

Last year saw the return of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne in the aptly titled JASON BOURNE. Fans were eager to see the actor return to the role, especially after that first footage of the pepper-haired spy knocking some chap’s lights out with a swift elbow to the face. But that moment was a lone bright spot in a film that was otherwise met with a collective, “…meh,” and now with questions around more movies looming even the star doesn’t sound too sure if there will be more elbow knockouts.

While speaking with the Toronto Sun Damon was asked about his future with the character, considering Hugh Jackman’s final outing of Wolverine in LOGAN coming out, and Damon sounded uncertain as to whether he would put on another dirty jacket and ride a motor bike through crowded streets:

It would have to be a pretty incredible story to get us all back on the horse.

Though the movie wasn’t a slouch at the box office with $162 million domestic run ($412 million global), the film received mediocre reviews from both audiences and critics (57% and 56% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes), and that could be a reason for why getting back to business isn’t a sure thing:

This last one didn’t do as well as the one we did 10 years ago, so maybe people are done with the character.

But Damon seems like a positive fellow, and there’s always a silver lining in the clouds. I mean, this is the man who survived alone on Mars.

I think everybody is leaving the door open, as we did at the end of this movie, in hopes that we can come up with an intriguing story for the next one.

JASON BOURNE was, ultimately, a big bowl of forgettable. Like Lucky Charms if a trickster god plucked out all the marshmallows. There just wasn’t anything special about it (sans Damon), and it couldn’t justify bringing back the character after a 10-year absence. Even the Jeremy Renner-led THE BOURNE LEGACY failed to register, and with the middling response to JASON maybe we can take this as a sign the traditional spy action movie is fading away. Hell, Tom Cruise is having to hang on the side of soaring airplanes to put butts in seats. Just do that, Damon.

Matt Damon's THE GREAT WALL is in theaters now.

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Source: Toronto Sun

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7:18PM on 03/09/2017
Usually the 4th film in a series is a disappointment (Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Die Hard, etc.). Yes, I'm ignoring the Bourne Legacy film. Jason Bourne didn't really have a reason to exist or be made (other than money), and I think I'll just stick with the trilogy from now on. Ultimatum was a fine conclusion to the trilogy.
Usually the 4th film in a series is a disappointment (Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Die Hard, etc.). Yes, I'm ignoring the Bourne Legacy film. Jason Bourne didn't really have a reason to exist or be made (other than money), and I think I'll just stick with the trilogy from now on. Ultimatum was a fine conclusion to the trilogy.
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4:30PM on 03/09/2017
I say get Renner and Damon to come back and team them up to go after the people in charge of all these programs to shut them down once and for all.
I say get Renner and Damon to come back and team them up to go after the people in charge of all these programs to shut them down once and for all.
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3:17PM on 03/09/2017
There are many doing it better who deserve it more
There are many doing it better who deserve it more
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1:46PM on 03/09/2017

Bring back renner

Why not give renner another shot and make a sequel with his character and give it a real purpose. I'd love to see where they take that story and it wouldn't be restricted to constant flashbacks like the other films.
Why not give renner another shot and make a sequel with his character and give it a real purpose. I'd love to see where they take that story and it wouldn't be restricted to constant flashbacks like the other films.
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12:14PM on 03/09/2017

I agree

I agree the Jason film was by the numbers. Script was crap. The end was crap. Felt like a sell out. I enjoyed Renner's very much. The script was smart, imo, the editing was too quick cut in my opinion which sped everything by the viewer too fast and it feeling like we ran through a film rather than experienced one. I'd love to see another Renner Legacy film.
I agree the Jason film was by the numbers. Script was crap. The end was crap. Felt like a sell out. I enjoyed Renner's very much. The script was smart, imo, the editing was too quick cut in my opinion which sped everything by the viewer too fast and it feeling like we ran through a film rather than experienced one. I'd love to see another Renner Legacy film.
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12:12PM on 03/09/2017

Somebody else said it...formulaic!

I enjoyed Bourne 1. I thought Bourne 2 was better. Bourne 3 was basically a remake of Bourne 2 albeit with more resolution. That's when I lost interest. When Bourne 3 turned out to be a new dog with old tricks, I gave up on the franchise. I foolishly rented Bourne Legacy and that was a by-the-Bourne-books copycat. I never saw Jason Bourne because it looked like it intended to drive the ship further into the ground.
I enjoyed Bourne 1. I thought Bourne 2 was better. Bourne 3 was basically a remake of Bourne 2 albeit with more resolution. That's when I lost interest. When Bourne 3 turned out to be a new dog with old tricks, I gave up on the franchise. I foolishly rented Bourne Legacy and that was a by-the-Bourne-books copycat. I never saw Jason Bourne because it looked like it intended to drive the ship further into the ground.
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10:43AM on 03/09/2017
Not that I don't like the movie but the climax chase throughout Las Vegas was out of place, much like the chase throughout Moscow in Die Hard 5.
Not that I don't like the movie but the climax chase throughout Las Vegas was out of place, much like the chase throughout Moscow in Die Hard 5.
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10:01AM on 03/09/2017

People were done with the character after the third one.

The third one wrapped up his arc and involving his father at the beginning of it all was clearly tacked on.
The third one wrapped up his arc and involving his father at the beginning of it all was clearly tacked on.
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9:24AM on 03/09/2017

It's formulaic

That is the problem. The been there, done that.

All of the films were about Bourne being hunted while finding out something about his past.

He never had any real mission or purpose. Put those skills into good use and it might work.

Have him lead a new task force, give him a mission impossible type of deal, have a die hard situation.. anything that doesn't rely on shaky cam and flashbacks.. please!
That is the problem. The been there, done that.

All of the films were about Bourne being hunted while finding out something about his past.

He never had any real mission or purpose. Put those skills into good use and it might work.

Have him lead a new task force, give him a mission impossible type of deal, have a die hard situation.. anything that doesn't rely on shaky cam and flashbacks.. please!
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9:05AM on 03/09/2017

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Why not give Renner another go, i like legacy. it wasn't as good as the first 3 but it was better than bourne, and they tied it in well and now can do something new.
Why not give Renner another go, i like legacy. it wasn't as good as the first 3 but it was better than bourne, and they tied it in well and now can do something new.
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8:36AM on 03/09/2017

Or number 4 was a subpar film

The Greengrass shaky-cam effect isn't edgy anymore, just frustrating. The script had a very been there, done that feel. The character isn't the problem.
The Greengrass shaky-cam effect isn't edgy anymore, just frustrating. The script had a very been there, done that feel. The character isn't the problem.
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8:34AM on 03/09/2017
Not at all. It's just that the last one was just a carbon-copy of the others when it came to plot and characters so there was nothing that exciting about it. Also the goddamn shaky-cam was beyond ridiculous and that's coming from someone who enjoyed it in the original trilogy.
Not at all. It's just that the last one was just a carbon-copy of the others when it came to plot and characters so there was nothing that exciting about it. Also the goddamn shaky-cam was beyond ridiculous and that's coming from someone who enjoyed it in the original trilogy.
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8:13AM on 03/09/2017
I've always found the bourne films to a slight overrated for myself. I've seen them all but they're films that I enjoyed watching once and never went back to them again. Maybe its time to retire the franchise for now.
I've always found the bourne films to a slight overrated for myself. I've seen them all but they're films that I enjoyed watching once and never went back to them again. Maybe its time to retire the franchise for now.
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8:35AM on 03/09/2017
I agree, never really got into the James Bond wannabe. Hell, look at the poster above and it is a blatant ripoff of a Bond theme song. Done is right, time to move on Damon.
I agree, never really got into the James Bond wannabe. Hell, look at the poster above and it is a blatant ripoff of a Bond theme song. Done is right, time to move on Damon.
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