Perhaps taking a page from former James Bond Sean Connery, actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are returning to the Bourne spy franchise for the series’ fifth installment.
Deadline is reporting that Damon, who appeared as the hunted former covert assassin Jason Bourne in the first three films of the franchise, and Greengrass, who directed its second and third installments, are in the process of making deals with Universal to return to the franchise which most strongly flourished during their collaboration.
This comes as a bit of a surprise as both Damon and Greengrass have stated that in the past that they did not see any creative way to continue to the story of Jason Bourne. Indeed, after their departure, the studio created another character who was part of the same covert program that created Bourne for the franchise’s fourth installment, 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner.
The studio had previously staked out a July 16, 2016 date for an untitled-Bourne sequel, and Deadline believes that this is where the Damon/Greengrass collaboration will go. This would push the Renner-headlining Legacy sequel, which has Justin Lin signed to direct, back to some as yet unannounced date. Reportedly that project is still on as Universal would like “to broaden its franchise base, much the way that Marvel cranks out superhero films.”