Back in June, we reported on rumors from Latino Review that Universal was courting Matt Damon to return to his action roots, for another installment in the Bourne series. At the time, the rumors had Damon teaming up with Renner, coming off The Bourne Legacy. Well, now it’s offical, as Deadline reports the news, which Latino Review originally stated in June, that Matt Damon has reached a deal with Universal and is going to reprise his role as Jason Bourne once more. But now it appears that outside of Damon, Universal Pictures has managed to get series director Paul Greengrass, who directed the second and third films in the series, is set to helm the newest picture as well.
This is very exciting news for the fans, and it’ll be great to see these two team up for another film in the series. But now the real question becomes, what happens to Jeremy Renner and Justin Lin’s film, which had been in development before this? Deadline reports that the film, now looked at as a spin-off, is still in development, but with Lin taking over some directing duties on the next season of True Detective, and Renner possibly having a supporting role in Captain America 3, the prospects of their new film look a little bleaker. While The Bourne Legacy wasn’t nearly as good as the previous three outings, Renner was truly fantastic in the role of Aaron Cross, a product of the same program that created Bourne. His character was hunting for Bourne as the film ended, so I’m hoping that means we’ll see him potential return in this film.
It would be a shame to turn their back on what The Bourne Legacy set up, and I’d very much like to see Damon and Renner’s characters together on screen. Here’s hoping whoever is handling the script, and the idea that is bringing Greengrass and Damon back, includes Renner’s character, because he deserves as much. Still though, the fact that Damon and Greengrass are returning to the Bourne series is very, very exciting, and I can’t wait to see what they do. The film is set for release on July 15, 2016.