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Universal Boss Talks Up Bourne 5
Could Matt Damon return...?

21 February 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: THR

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The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson recently, and in amongst the Ted-hugging and box office mathematics, there were a few titbits about where the studio is heading next, including some hints at what shape the fifth Bourne film will take.

"The point of [The Bourne Legacy] was to create a universe, a world and characters that give us a lot of freedom and flexibility in how we go forward. Yeah, the movie didn't perform the way the last one did. It also didn't cost what the last one did. It performed more along the lines of how the first one did."

The Jeremy Renner-helmed actioner from last year earned $276 million worldwide. The Bourne Ultimatum, meanwhile, earnt $442 million worldwide.

"I absolutely see us doing more Bourne, 100 per cent yes. Matt has talked about the possibility of coming back, and we totally respect that and are excited if and when he wants to have conversations. But I think the last movie gave us a big bunch of options to pursue a next chapter."

If you haven't seen The Bourne Legacy - and don't mind a couple of general spoilers about it - it centred around Renner's Bourne-a-like super special secret agent, though in this project the spies were genetically modified to be a better humans, with green pills topping up their brain and brawnpower. 

Over the course of the film, Aaron Cross (Renner's character) manages to kick the meds with the help of sexy scientist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) - using a process called 'viraling off' - and the two of them end the film on a Filipino boat, sailing into the sunset after evading The Man and his genetically modified goons. This, therefore, is the world Fogelson is referring to, with the other agency Übermensch projects simmering away and the pills and the goons and the whatnot.

Of course, Matt Damon has said on numerous occasions that he's reluctant to come back to the franchise that made him an action hero, sometimes citing general reasons, sometimes saying he'd need Paul Greengrass (the director of Bourne 2 and 3) back on board to even consider becoming reBourne.

Still, from the Universal camp it sounds like it's not totally out of the question, so set your fingers to crossed and rub whatever lucky rabbits' feets you have to hand if you want Damon to get back to his rolled-up magazine-wielding ways once more - though how the character will integrate with the new Cross storyline is definitely one for discussion in the comment box below.

The Bourne Legacy is out on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Your Comments

Not Sure
Personally, I loved The Bourne Legacy, thought it was a great spin off and added a new side to the story. However, I'm sure whether they should make another one with Jason Bourne as I thought everything about the trilogy was just right: the length story and everything else. If they are going to do another one with Damon then I think they should think about doing a prequel to the series as this could add yet another dimension to the truly fantastic series. More

Posted by The Reynolds at 19:13 on 07 May 2013 | Report This Post

Bourne 5
I am a huge fan of the Bourne franchise. I was very pleased to see Jeremy Renner as a completely new character which I thought he did really well and not trying to fill Matt Damon/Jason Bourne's shoes. As much as I love Jason Bourne I do feel that that story has run its course and unless there is a very strong storyline I can't see both Aaron and Jason in Bourne 5 and maybe it's time to pass the baton on to Aaron but that is just my opinion. More

Posted by comanche at 18:33 on 22 February 2013 | Report This Post

Quit while you're ahead!
I've gotta agree with the concensus here - Legacy sucked ass!! I like Renner as an actor but the Bourne series is Damon's baby and without him and either Doug Liman or Paul Greengrass directing you've got no Bourne movie, just a generic action flick that just happens to share the name! More

Posted by Artoo at 09:22 on 22 February 2013 | Report This Post

In and of itself the Bourne Legacy was fine but was a bad addition to a fantastic trilogy, which had the perfect bookend in The Bourne Ultimatum. Matt Damon's amnesiac assassin was what made the series. Without this character what you have is just another action flick. This is exactly what is happening with the Die Hard movies. The original allure of the concept is being diluted by substandard sequels. More

Posted by jazzyjules63 at 00:11 on 22 February 2013 | Report This Post

Bourne Legacy SUCKED..
..It was by far the worst film i saw last year and an insult to the original trilogy.If Matt Damon has any sense he will stay away from any further Bourne spin offs.He made three great films.Leave it at that Matt and forget Legacy ever happened because i think most people who were unlucky enough to see it would rather they forgot it as well. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 23:29 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

Won't Happen
Damon is smart enough to avoid this, the franchise is forever tarnished now unless Paul Greengrass has found a way to make time travel possible so he can go back and erase the last film from existence. More

Posted by natman_begins at 17:30 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

to me its over.
all right to me actually i already have the 3 Bourne movie box set and its finally over with Bourne but i'm sure that if i see another trailer of Bourne then i'm sure its for the next generation to see a Bourne 5. the last one B3 it was over and finally solved. More

Posted by rudyalapag at 17:12 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

to me its over.
all right to me actually i already have the 3 Bourne movie box set and its finally over with Bourne but i'm sure that if i see another trailer of Bourne then i'm sure its for the next generation to see a Bourne 5. the last one B3 it was over and finally solved. More

Posted by rudyalapag at 17:09 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

Bad idea for Bourne!
The Renner film was awful!!! It makes no sense for them to go forward in this direction... I also believe the only reason the last film was slightly successful was because of the "Bourne" name attached to it. However, audiences will no doubt see through that and steer clear of future installments, or at least be very wary of them! More

Posted by J_BUltimatum at 16:18 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

"The Jeremy Renner-helmed actioner from last year..." Are you sure?!?! More

Posted by 7eke at 15:40 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

Stand alone films
If he came back for a Stand alone film and maybe then Renner had a similar toned one ...perhaps then they could do one together where they are both maybe after the same thing More

Posted by Paddy Kieran at 13:37 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Bad idea for Damon
Agreed. I don't think he'll do it. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 13:19 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

Bad idea for Damon
Surely, Matt Damon's too smart to ruin his legacy with the franchise by coming back for an almost inevitably diminished return. You've got a great, solid trilogy of films there. Let them go on with Renner and keep making their 'Smokey IS the Bandit' movies. More

Posted by Ciaran McNulty at 12:54 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

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