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2002's 'The Bourne Identity' not only launched a franchise, it also propelled actor Matt Damon to action hero stardom. His amnesic super spy became a character indelible to contemporary American cinema. This proved to be so much the case that even when Damon was out of the picture, the studio put together another film in the series with a different character, and the film still bore the Bourne name. While 'The Bourne Legacy' wasn't exactly a triumph, and ended on a forced cliffhanger, many of us were amiable to the idea of a second 'Bourne Legacy' if it meant the possibility of a Jeremy Renner/Matt Damon team-up. Unfortunately, according to Matt Damon, that isn't likely to happen. The forty-two-year-old actor mentioned in a recent interview that he has some stipulations for his return to the franchise that aren't likely to be met.
"I've always been open to it as long as Paul Greengrass directs, I don't think he's going to do it."
The admirable loyalty notwithstanding, this is not encouraging news for Jason Bourne fans. Damon openly criticized 'The Bourne Legacy's script, written by Tony Gilroy who also directed the film, as being "unreadable." It's safe to say that is both the reason he is demanding Paul Greengrass' return, and why Damon would be left out of the proceedings if Gilroy directs the next film in the series. I understand every side of this situation, but it effectively means I am done with the franchise. Jeremy Renner did the best he could with that clunky, poorly-conceived 'Bourne Legacy'mess, but if Damon isn't coming back, it's time to let this thing die. As Damon himself points out in this interview, the motivation for Bourne was to find his memory and his identity. Now that he has, where else do they really need to go with him?
What do you guys think? Do you think all the pieces will fall into place for Damon to possibly return? Where would they go from where we left off in 'The Bourne Ultimatum?'