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08.26.2013

UPDATED: Variety reports that Universal is denying the story that Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon may be returning for a new BOURNE film. Damn.

A few weeks ago, Universal made it known that they were moving forward with another chapter in the ongoing Bourne franchise and a sequel to THE BOURNE LEGACY. The Jeremy Renner sequel grossed $113 million, making it the lowest grossing film in the series. While THE BOURNE LEGACY was not awful, it definitely suffered from losing director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon. With that in mind, Universal may be hedging their bets and are working to bring Greengrass and Damon back for the next film in the franchise.

Twitch is reporting that Universal is negotiating with Damon to return for the sequel to THE BOURNE LEGACY. Damon has said in the past he would only come back if Greengrass returned which may be why both are being courted. This throws a wrench into the mix for LEGACY director Tony Gilroy and star Jeremy Renner. Universal previously hinted that Damon and Renner could conceivably share the screen, but those details are currently unknown.

Jeremy Renner was good in THE BOURNE LEGACY, but he had the same problem there as he does in THE AVENGERS and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL; he just isn't exciting enough to carry the movie. Even in THE AVENGERS, Renner came off as lethargic and uninterested. I would not be shocked if Universal was worried about another Renner-centric BOURNE movie. But, if Renner and Damon team up or go head to head this may suddenly become a movie to watch.

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2:33PM on 08/27/2013

Bourne is probably my favorite trilogy

I also enjoyed the reboot with Renner, but I'd like to see a 4th one with Damon. It ended perfectly but why not? If it's bad I can just forget about it.
I also enjoyed the reboot with Renner, but I'd like to see a 4th one with Damon. It ended perfectly but why not? If it's bad I can just forget about it.
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1:53PM on 08/27/2013

What?

I think dismissing Renner as "not exciting enough" and "lethargic and uninterested" is pretty, well...dumb.

Have you seen The Hurt Locker? Or The Town? Or his portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer in DAHMER? The guy was nominated for an Oscar twice in three years.

They gave him nothing to do in The Avengers. Why wouldn't he have been disinterested? He was a zombie puppet. Pretty exciting. Bourne Legacy wasn't as good as any of the Damon Bourne films, but I'm not sure that is Renner's fault. It's
I think dismissing Renner as "not exciting enough" and "lethargic and uninterested" is pretty, well...dumb.

Have you seen The Hurt Locker? Or The Town? Or his portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer in DAHMER? The guy was nominated for an Oscar twice in three years.

They gave him nothing to do in The Avengers. Why wouldn't he have been disinterested? He was a zombie puppet. Pretty exciting. Bourne Legacy wasn't as good as any of the Damon Bourne films, but I'm not sure that is Renner's fault. It's a pretty high standard to live up to. I would be more interested in seeing Greengrass come back to direct an Aaron Cross movie. I think Jason Bourne had a full character arc and got a proper sendoff. It would be cool for them to cross paths at some point if a solid reason why could be developed. However my understanding of the whole thing is that certainly Damon, and maybe Greengrass too, want nothing to do with the Cross film or films.
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12:18PM on 08/27/2013
Fuck this Bourne ponce. Give me an assassin who wants to be an assassin.
Fuck this Bourne ponce. Give me an assassin who wants to be an assassin.
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7:20AM on 08/27/2013

I think this falls under "too little, too late"

Considering they didn't think enough of either the fans or the franchise to do it right for Bourne #4, I'm gonna have to give #5 a pass.
Considering they didn't think enough of either the fans or the franchise to do it right for Bourne #4, I'm gonna have to give #5 a pass.
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5:19AM on 08/27/2013
Despite the update, I'm confident this will happen in the near future. I just hope somebody gives Paul Greengrass a steadicam rig for Christmas.
Despite the update, I'm confident this will happen in the near future. I just hope somebody gives Paul Greengrass a steadicam rig for Christmas.
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2:40AM on 08/27/2013

Non

I don't think I can buy Bourne being 'confused' for a fifth movie.
I don't think I can buy Bourne being 'confused' for a fifth movie.
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10:02PM on 08/26/2013
It would be great to see a crossover with Bourne and Cross, but I would also be excited to see where else Aaron's story goes next.
It would be great to see a crossover with Bourne and Cross, but I would also be excited to see where else Aaron's story goes next.
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9:35PM on 08/26/2013

screw it....

I want another Gilroy / Renner film! I enjoy the film. Damon and greengrass coming back would b cool but I honestly don't care, legacy was solid. Renner could build something there. He's way overshadowed in the avengers.
I want another Gilroy / Renner film! I enjoy the film. Damon and greengrass coming back would b cool but I honestly don't care, legacy was solid. Renner could build something there. He's way overshadowed in the avengers.
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8:44PM on 08/26/2013
Aaron Cross-over!
Aaron Cross-over!
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7:19PM on 08/26/2013
Can't anything end on a high note
Can't anything end on a high note
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5:39PM on 08/26/2013
Team up please!!!!!!
Team up please!!!!!!
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5:36PM on 08/26/2013

I'm glad the rumor is being denied

Bourne Ultimatum was a fitting close to the trilogy and Damon's character. I'd rather it stay that way than coming up with some mediocre attempt to keep the franchise going. Legacy wasn't awful, but it wasn't as good as the other films. I liked Renner more in M:I-GP and Avengers, so he should focus on those for his big-blockbuster films.
Bourne Ultimatum was a fitting close to the trilogy and Damon's character. I'd rather it stay that way than coming up with some mediocre attempt to keep the franchise going. Legacy wasn't awful, but it wasn't as good as the other films. I liked Renner more in M:I-GP and Avengers, so he should focus on those for his big-blockbuster films.
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5:20PM on 08/26/2013

No thanks.

I'm up for Damon returning, but Greengrass and his shaky-cam can go straight to Hell.
I'm up for Damon returning, but Greengrass and his shaky-cam can go straight to Hell.
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4:34PM on 08/26/2013
A teamup is the only way to make the film interesting without making the last installment totally irrelevant. Why not have Aaron Cross become Bourne's adversary or even better, his teammate for whole film? Whether or not this happens, having Greengrass come back is the only way we'll see a film that's up to the franchises' expected standards.
A teamup is the only way to make the film interesting without making the last installment totally irrelevant. Why not have Aaron Cross become Bourne's adversary or even better, his teammate for whole film? Whether or not this happens, having Greengrass come back is the only way we'll see a film that's up to the franchises' expected standards.
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4:17PM on 08/26/2013

I'm there!

Fingers crossed this happens, of course. I enjoy Identity and was shocked to actually find myself enjoying Legacy considerably, but actually do not care for the two Greengrass installments... so this odd 50% fanhood of the Bourne series finds me quite excited, no matter who the director, to see what happens when Jason Bourne and Aaaron Cross' paths intersect.
Fingers crossed this happens, of course. I enjoy Identity and was shocked to actually find myself enjoying Legacy considerably, but actually do not care for the two Greengrass installments... so this odd 50% fanhood of the Bourne series finds me quite excited, no matter who the director, to see what happens when Jason Bourne and Aaaron Cross' paths intersect.
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4:05PM on 08/26/2013

Sounds good to me

The only possible plot line I could see them following is having Renner's character looking for Bourne in order to gain additional transparency regarding Treadstone and not feeling like the only agent left alive.
The only possible plot line I could see them following is having Renner's character looking for Bourne in order to gain additional transparency regarding Treadstone and not feeling like the only agent left alive.
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4:02PM on 08/26/2013
That would be great if they both came back. If Damon was the lead in the fifth movie, Renner would fit in perfectly as supporting.
That would be great if they both came back. If Damon was the lead in the fifth movie, Renner would fit in perfectly as supporting.
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3:55PM on 08/26/2013
They'd better be back, that's for sure!
They'd better be back, that's for sure!
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3:42PM on 08/26/2013
Best news ever! Love the Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon team. Hope it'll happen.
Best news ever! Love the Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon team. Hope it'll happen.
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3:35PM on 08/26/2013
Didn't mind the Renner movie 'The Bourne Legacy', but I did prefer the Matt Damon films.

Robin versus Hawkeye, sure why not?. :P
Didn't mind the Renner movie 'The Bourne Legacy', but I did prefer the Matt Damon films.

Robin versus Hawkeye, sure why not?. :P
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