Bourne Return?

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Back in 2007 after the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon let it be known that he was not interested in playing Jason Bourne again without director Paul Greengrass at the helm of the project. Because Greengrass decided that he didn’t want to make a fourth Bourne movie, it appeared that the Damon era of the franchise was over, and the reigns were handed over to writer/director Tony Gilroy and new star Jeremy Renner. Now, six years later, it appears that things are returning to the way they once were. According to sources over at Twitch, Universal is now in talks with both Damon and Greengrass to come back to the series.

The big question this raises, of course, is what happens to Renner’s new character, Aaron Cross, who was introduced in last year’s The Bourne Legacy. The site says that this new development isn’t “an either/or scenario,” suggesting that the next film will see both action heroes working together to try and take down the program that turned them into government-programmed killing machines.

This news comes just a few weeks after it was reported that Universal has hired Anthony Peckham to write the script for the fifth Bourne movie, which doesn’t currently have a title. At the time we wondered why Gilroy – who has been a part of the franchise from the beginning – was not mentioned as being a part of the project as a director, but that could now be explained by the possibility of Greengrass’ return. It’s also worth mentioning that Damon has experience working with a Peckham script, as the screenwriter previously wrote Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, in which the actor starred.

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