What are you talking about, Matt Damon?

Now I’m all confused.

Maybe Matt Damon is confused, too. I don’t know. Nobody knows what they’re saying about anything anymore.

Remember this post I wrote, about Universal maybe making another Bourne movie without Matt Damon?

Now Damon has told The Hollywood Reporter that he’d like to do another Bourne movie with Paul Greengrass (who directed the second and third films, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum).

Here’s the story:

With Universal moving forward with The Bourne Legacy — the fourth installment of the Jason Bourne franchise — without Matt Damon or director Paul Greengrass, the stage is set for a potential cinematic showdown between a sequel by the original duo and the rethought version by the studio and Tony Gilroy.

At the Critics’ Choice Awards on Friday, night following his acceptance of the Joel Siegel Award for Service to the Community, Damon spoke candidly backstage about his hopes to make another film and the reasons for the delay in production.“I really hope it’s going to happen,” he said, adding that the decision didn’t fall entirely on his shoulders.

“It’s really up to Paul Greengrass, the director. I’ve always said I won’t do it without him and I think it would be a bad idea to do it without Paul.”

In October, it was announced that Universal was going ahead with another film helmed by Michael Clayton and Duplicity director Gilroy. Damon was not consulted.

“I think Paul’s probably going to do one or two other films that he’s got kind of cooking but after that [maybe they would start working on a Bourne film],” he continued. “I think it’s kind of the thing where enough time has passed that I think it won’t matter if we wait five more years to do it.”

Despite the scrutiny on him and Greengrass, Damon was adamant they sidestep the pitfalls of making the film for the wrong reasons.

“We just want to make sure if we do it, that we do it right. There’s been a lot of pressure for us to do it obviously but that’s that moment I think where you got to step back and make sure you’re not making a mistake. So when it feels like the right time, I think Paul would be open to doing it.”

So … what does that even mean? Dueling Bourne movies? I doubt it. Will Damon’s intentions get Tony Gilroy’s Damon-less movie killed? Or has Universal already decided to move forward on that one, meaning that Damon and Greengrass have already fallen out of contention?

I don’t know. Do you?


  1. Kerstin Boyer says:

    OK…if there are conflicting Bourne movies, from the same studio (?)…well that’s just dumb. And who else would be as bad ass as Matt Damon in that role? I read this series and I’m telling you, Matt Damon IS Jason Bourne. End of story.

    And I agree…enough time has passed. A few more years might make it even better.

  2. John says:

    I’d rather that they not continue it at all, in any form, with any actor, because I think that trilogy ended perfectly.

    But if they want to do something else with it, Matt Damon is the only option.

    (Have you seen him on 30 Rock recently? He’s hilarious!)

  3. Kerstin Boyer says:

    True. It did end perfectly. I didn’t even know another was a possibility. But I would definitely be interested. Only with Damon though.

    I haven’t actually watched 30 Rock. I have way too many t.v. shows on my plate. Everyone says 30 Rock should be one of them.

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