Matt Damon back as Bourne Again
Following a one-film hiatus from the Bourne franchise, Matt Damon has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Jason Bourne, reuniting with director Paul Greengrass for their third collaboration, and the fifth installment in the Bourne universe.
“Yes, next year,” Damon confirmed to E! News yesterday. “It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. [Director] Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.”
While Damon and Greengrass have both expressed interest in teaming up for another Bournefilm, the latter had intimated as recently as last year that he was finished with the franchise. “In the end I felt I had given it my all in two films I’m very proud of and didn’t want to make another if I didn’t believe it could be as good if not better,” he told Deadline. “I couldn’t come up with an idea, and the business reality of franchises is that when a studio has a Bourne, they’re obliged to make one every couple of years. I discovered in my heart I didn’t have another one in me.”
Looks like he came up with an idea, after all. Let’s hope it’s a good one.
In 2010, he reteamed with director Paul Greengrass, who directed him in the Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, for the action thriller Green Zone, which flopped commercially and received a score of 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and ambivalent reception from critics. He has appeared as a guest star in an episode of Arthur, titled “The Making of Arthur”, as himself.During Season 5 of 30 Rock, he appeared as guest star in the role of Liz Lemon‘s boyfriend in the episodes “I Do Do“, “The Fabian Strategy“, “Live Show“, and “Double Edged Sword“. Damon’s 2010 projects included Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter and the Coen brothers‘ remake of the 1969 John Wayne-starring WesternTrue Grit.
In 2011, he starred in The Adjustment Bureau, Contagion, and We Bought a Zoo. In April 2012, Damon filmed Promised Land, directed by Gus Van Sant, which he co-wrote with John Krasinski. Damon’s next film with frequent collaborator Steven Soderbergh is Behind the Candelabra, a drama about the life of pianist/entertainer Liberace (played by Michael Douglas) with Damon playing Liberace’s longtime partner Scott Thorson. The film premiered on HBO on May 26, 2013.
Damon starred in the science fiction film Elysium (2013), where he played former car-thief-turned-factory-worker Max DeCosta. He also appeared in the science fiction movieThe Zero Theorem by Terry Gilliam in 2013. In 2014, he starred in George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men, and played a small role in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar.