His buddy Ben Affleck made headlines and hate lists this past weekend when it was announced he’d be playing the next Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman. But Matt Damon wasn’t about to let Ben get all the attention as Damon is reportedly in talks to return to the film franchise that transformed him from skinny indie actor to studio heavyweight action star.
According to a report from Twitch, Damon and director Paul Greengrass are in negotiations to return to the Bourne franchise as star and director respectively.
Twitch learning that the studio is in simultaneous negotiations with both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for both to return to the Bourne franchise. We’re told Damon is only interested if Greengrass is directing so there are clearly a lot of moving parts here but if all comes together we could be seeing the return of the director and star of one of the strongest American action franchises of recent years.
The decision for the studio to want to get back into bed with Damon and Greengrass likely comes after the disappointing release of Bourne Legacy which replaced Damon with Jeremy Renner and Greengrass with director Tony Gilroy who wrote the first three Bourne films.
If the studio wants Damon back, they’ll have to pay a hefty price to do it. Damon came out against the last Bourne film he was in, Bourne Ultimatum and went hard after the very idea of making a Bourne movie without him — which is exactly what happened.
As ScreenCrush speculated, it’s hard to say where this will all end up. Damon isn’t on good terms with executives over the Bourne films and Jeremy Renner was supposed to be the new face of the Bourne franchise and has already apparently worn out his welcome. If Damon returns, it could mean a return to greatness for the franchise but if he doesn’t, Universal may have just lost out on two Jason Bourne’s in one day.