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Damon Doubts Bourne Will Return

11 October 2012

Matt Damon has spoken of the likelihood of a return to his most iconic role, but it seems a lack of love for The Bourne Legacy could stop him from ever returning to play the memory-troubled assassin. 

In a veiled jibe at the fourth Bourne movie, Damon points out that he wouldn't do another Bourne without director Paul Greengrass, and that seems even more unlikely after the events of Legacy. 

“There has not been any movement. I’ve always been open to it as long as Paul Greengrass directs, I don’t think he’s going to do it.”  the actor told Movieline, chuckling at the thought. 

The Bourne Legacy“From what I understand, [Legacy] kind of relives [Ultimatum] from a different perspective. What that means, because they use our actors and characters, is that whatever they said [in Legacy] is true and so we’d have to acknowledge it in any Bourne movie that we’d do.  And that makes it really tough. 

"I don’t think we can do the Dallas it-was-all-a-dream scenario. I don’t think the audience would go for that after they paid money to see a movie.”

It's fair to say Greengrass and Damon don't have an entirely friendly relationship with Tony Gilroy, who wrote the scripts for the Bourne trilogy before writing and directing Legacy. 

And given Gilroy's decision to take the franchise in a direction that wasn't particularly Bourne-like, it seems an unimpressed Damon and Greengrass will take some convincing to go anywhere near the franchise.