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Exclusive: Matt Damon On Bourne
Star talks Green Zone too

08 September 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Our man in Venice, Damon Wise, sat down with Matt Damon today for a chat about his new film The Informant! (check out a future issue of Empire for that interview) but found a few moments to ask the star about the proposed fourth Bourne film, and his upcoming Iraq thriller Green Zone.

On Bourne, first of all, Damon had relatively little news but, when we asked him if Bourne 4 would happen, had this to say:

"Maybe, if we can figure out a good story. If you have a good fourth Bourne story, call Universal and they'll give you a bunch of money!"

Is there pressure to do another one? "Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Because even if we made a horrible movie, it would make money, and they know that. There's a huge amount of pressure. But it's not like somebody's hammering at our door. It's just that they would love to make another Bourne movie, and I understand why. It's so hard to have a sure thing in Hollywood, and this is as close as you get. So, from an executive's standpoint, I get it.

"It's just that our job, on the creative side, is to make sure that we create something that's of a standard. And this one's really tricky: you can't see the guy saying “I don't remember” any more, because he's lost and regained his memory three times already! And he's not like Bond, who goes on individual missions. I mean, you could make Bond movies forever, because you'd start each film at the beginning of a new mission.

"But Bourne isn't built that way, unfortunately. I mean, the studio would love that, they'd say, “Well, why don't you build him that way??” (Laughs) But, what, is he gonna go back and work for the government now? That doesn't make any sense. So it's a tricky one, trying to figure out a way, organically, to have a fourth story. But we want to do it.

"Paul said to me, “People stop me on the street all the time and say, 'Hey, are you gonna do another one of those movie? I really like those movies'. When the audience is saying that, that means something. We want to go, “Yeah, we love that character too.” So we wanna make another one. But we want to make it right."

On Green Zone, Damon and Paul Greengrass' Iraq drama, the star said, "It's great, I've seen it. They're finishing some of the effects, and it'll be ready for March. We got a $100m Iraq movie, so we'll see! I do have high hopes for it, though. I think it's really good. I know the Iraq movies haven't been particularly popular so far, but hopefully this will find an audience. It's a thriller, really, set against the canvas of Iraq in 2003."

For more from our Damo, and his reaction to The Informant!, head on over to his blog. For more from Matt Damon you'll have to wait until The Informant!'s release on November 20.
 


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Story starting point...
Only thing I can think of is if Nikki (Julia Styles) got into some bother, and Bourne was the only person she knew who could get her out of it. That'd kinda work right? More

Posted by Ambition at 20:27 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

no dont do it jase!!
leave the films as they are, bourne 3 kicked quantum of solaxe into the curb, i wuldnt ruin it now More

Posted by ivanahump at 12:57 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Matt Damon On Bourne
Bourne? Bourde more like. HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by David Somerset at 12:48 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Matt Damon On Bourne
MATT DAMON!!! More

Posted by CORLEONE at 10:31 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Matt Damon On Bourne
The Bourne Ultimatum is probably one of the best and most memorable cinema experiences for me. If a fourth movie is made and it turns out to be a steaming pile o' shite. I'm going to punch someone in the face! More

Posted by Jokerman at 10:19 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Bourne 4, really think about what your doing, Green Zone bring it on !!!!!
It sounds like both Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are commited to making another Bourne film but let face it do we really need one. All the Bourne films are superb and they were each better than the last one with the third one being one of the best action films ever (in my humble opinion). So I think it's a case a that you can't and more importantly shouldn't improve on perfection. Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are obviously a very talented team and the more films they make together t More

Posted by benj 01 at 09:25 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Sarah Palins story is like a really bad Disney movie.
Who can not like this guy one of the best out there. More

Posted by phil blakeman at 01:27 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

I might be biased but....
Paul Greengrass is a God and Damon is his Jesus! I await Green Zone as eagerly as I do Batman 3. More

Posted by Blyman at 23:17 on 08 September 2009 | Report This Post

I reckon...
that Doug Liman should produce, not Ex, but actual produce and Greengrass should cement the story slightly in the future..say 5 to ten years setting it against the back lash of the Bourne Ultimatum...yeah... More

Posted by vdjfrancis at 21:22 on 08 September 2009 | Report This Post

Damon's so popular right now that I should hate the lucky bugger, but unfortunately he's talking sense and saying exactly what he should be saying... dammit, it's difficut not to like a successful A-league star with an artistic conscience! More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 18:37 on 08 September 2009 | Report This Post

I love this guy. He's one of the few stars of Hollywood that actually has integrity, which is something that is genuinely lacking. Anyway, I've got to be honest and say that The Green Zone isn't really exciting me that much...in fact just about any movie to do with the Iraq war leaves me yawning...although I still really wanna see The Hurt Locker. As for Bourne 4, yeah I'll see it and I have full confidence that it'll be awesome but I'm thinking "is it really necessary?". More

Posted by evildave69 at 18:35 on 08 September 2009 | Report This Post

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