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Frank Marshall says Matt Damon will not appear in the next Bourne film

06.20.2014

Don't get your hopes up that the reason behind the delayed release for the sequel to THE BOURNE LEGACY was to include Matt Damon in the film. Not even two days after the news broke are we being told it isn't going to happen.

THE BOURNE LEGACY producer Frank Marshall shot down the rumors emphatically stating that the push has nothing to do with Damon and that Damon is not back for the next film. He went on to explain to The Hollywood Reporter why the change occurred.

"[Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, and if we don't start preproduction now, we can't make next summer. Therefore, it's a wise decision to move to 2016."

Matt Damon has previously hinted that he would be willing to return to the action franchise he starred in for a decade that spawned three films only if director Paul Greengrass returned as well. Greengrass also directed Damon in the film GREEN ZONE and has since gone on to help the Oscar-nominated CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. He is also developing a pair of films while Damon has a full slate ahead of him as well.

THE BOURNE LEGACY, while not as good as the Damon films, was still a pretty good flick. Matt Damon's character and visage was seen throughout the movie and shared a thematic connection with Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross. Does this mean the pair will never reunite in the franchise? Never say never, but definitely not in the upcoming fifth film.

The untitled sequel to THE BOURNE LEGACY will hit theaters on July 15, 2016.

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2:36PM on 06/21/2014
No Damon, no Bourne, no thanks.
No Damon, no Bourne, no thanks.
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8:14AM on 06/21/2014
Damon returning and teaming with Cross is the only thing that would make this film exciting or necessary.I like Renner but Legacy was pretty mediocre.
Damon returning and teaming with Cross is the only thing that would make this film exciting or necessary.I like Renner but Legacy was pretty mediocre.
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8:52PM on 06/20/2014
I liked Bourne Legacy, but will readily admit that not enough people do for the next one to work without Damon being in it.
I liked Bourne Legacy, but will readily admit that not enough people do for the next one to work without Damon being in it.
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8:04PM on 06/20/2014
Oh well, back to not giving a shit about Bourne 5.
Oh well, back to not giving a shit about Bourne 5.
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7:51PM on 06/20/2014

its not really bourne.

its a crappy third rate action franchise and it should drop the bourne name. and remove its self from the bourne univervse! and if he was in a film with Jason bourne going after him, it would only last about ten minutes because thats how quickly he would hunt down and murder that douchebag.
its a crappy third rate action franchise and it should drop the bourne name. and remove its self from the bourne univervse! and if he was in a film with Jason bourne going after him, it would only last about ten minutes because thats how quickly he would hunt down and murder that douchebag.
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4:16PM on 06/21/2014
Agreed. And they should really take Bourne out of the title. Completely misleading and a shit marketing move.
Agreed. And they should really take Bourne out of the title. Completely misleading and a shit marketing move.
5:06PM on 06/20/2014
Honestly, I hope Marshall is being truthful and this rumor is false. I'm a big fan of the Bourne trilogy, and I thought Ultimatum ended it PERFECTLY. I haven't even bothered watching Legacy, and I really have no desire to do so. Having Matt Damon come back as Bourne in some kind of crossover follow-up just smacks of desperation. It'd be such an obvious, knee-jerk reaction to the fact that Legacy didn't make nearly enough money to cover its costs. In my mind, the franchise ended with Bourne
Honestly, I hope Marshall is being truthful and this rumor is false. I'm a big fan of the Bourne trilogy, and I thought Ultimatum ended it PERFECTLY. I haven't even bothered watching Legacy, and I really have no desire to do so. Having Matt Damon come back as Bourne in some kind of crossover follow-up just smacks of desperation. It'd be such an obvious, knee-jerk reaction to the fact that Legacy didn't make nearly enough money to cover its costs. In my mind, the franchise ended with Bourne alive, swimming away into the darkness at the end of Ultimatum. To me, everything that comes after is pretty much just bad fan-fiction.
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5:21PM on 06/20/2014
I feel the same way. It reminds me of before Man of Steel came out the studio was talking about a solo superman sequel, then the movie didn't do as well as they wanted and suddenly it was like "So, we're going to be adding Batman to the next movie." Then they tried to bring Bale back (which people seem to forget). I'm hoping Damon does the same thing Bale does and refuses to take part in these new movies, realizing their characters got the closure fans needed.
I feel the same way. It reminds me of before Man of Steel came out the studio was talking about a solo superman sequel, then the movie didn't do as well as they wanted and suddenly it was like "So, we're going to be adding Batman to the next movie." Then they tried to bring Bale back (which people seem to forget). I'm hoping Damon does the same thing Bale does and refuses to take part in these new movies, realizing their characters got the closure fans needed.
5:52PM on 06/20/2014
I couldn't agree more! That was my main issue with Batman V Superman as well. It's so obvious that Batman was a direct reaction to the amount of money MoS made (or didn't make), and so it made perfect business sense to shoehorn the most lucrative character into the MoS sequel. That's the problem. It wasn't a story/plot decision, it wasn't a natural progression of events from the previous movie. It was a money/business decision, plain and simple. And the return of Jason Bourne is yet another
I couldn't agree more! That was my main issue with Batman V Superman as well. It's so obvious that Batman was a direct reaction to the amount of money MoS made (or didn't make), and so it made perfect business sense to shoehorn the most lucrative character into the MoS sequel. That's the problem. It wasn't a story/plot decision, it wasn't a natural progression of events from the previous movie. It was a money/business decision, plain and simple. And the return of Jason Bourne is yet another one. I seriously hope Damon takes a cue from Bale and stays away. I appreciate what both actors did with their respective roles, but franchises need to end at some point, and I fully believe both of them ended on as high of a note as they possibly could've.
5:00PM on 06/20/2014
Without Damon, not really interested. I felt Bourne Ultimatum ended the movies in a good place. Legacy just felt tacked on and I really had no reason to care about Aaron Cross. And also, the whole deal with the drugs/serum felt like they were taking the franchise in a really weird sci-fi direction.
Anyways, in closing, 1) can care less if this movie ever gets made, 2) might watch it on Netflix in a few years during a hangover, and 3) Matt Damon is fucking awesome!
Without Damon, not really interested. I felt Bourne Ultimatum ended the movies in a good place. Legacy just felt tacked on and I really had no reason to care about Aaron Cross. And also, the whole deal with the drugs/serum felt like they were taking the franchise in a really weird sci-fi direction.
Anyways, in closing, 1) can care less if this movie ever gets made, 2) might watch it on Netflix in a few years during a hangover, and 3) Matt Damon is fucking awesome!
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4:54PM on 06/20/2014
Just have Renner have his own 'Bourne Legacy' trilogy and as a finale to the franchise have Damon and Renner both star in the very last, seventh film of the franchise. That way they could build up and foreshadow to this big ending climax.
Just have Renner have his own 'Bourne Legacy' trilogy and as a finale to the franchise have Damon and Renner both star in the very last, seventh film of the franchise. That way they could build up and foreshadow to this big ending climax.
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4:41PM on 06/20/2014
Not that I was interested in this film before, but without Damon I'm even less interested. To be honest, if Bourne Legacy was its own thing it would be ok, but every time someone brings up Bourne in the movie its just a constant reminder to me that the film wasn't as good as a Bourne film. I feel the same way every time Agents of Shield name dropped an Avenger, is would just remind me that the show isn't as good as the movies.
Not that I was interested in this film before, but without Damon I'm even less interested. To be honest, if Bourne Legacy was its own thing it would be ok, but every time someone brings up Bourne in the movie its just a constant reminder to me that the film wasn't as good as a Bourne film. I feel the same way every time Agents of Shield name dropped an Avenger, is would just remind me that the show isn't as good as the movies.
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