Earlier today, Flicksided reported on the rumors that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass were rejoining the Bourne series.
Twitchfilm first picked up the rumor today that Universal was interested in bringing back Damon and Greengrass.
However, Variety has since reported that studio insiders are “denying the story saying there is nothing going on between the studio and Damon and Greengrass.”
In the meantime, Anthony Peckham will be writing the next installment based on the Robert Ludlum series. Jeremy Renner is expected to reprise his role as Aaron Cross.
The Bourne Legacy, starring Renner, opened on August 10, 2012, to an opening weekend of $38,142,825 and finished with a lifetime run of $113,203,870. This accounted for 41% of the worldwide box office. In foreign markets, the sequel earned $162,940,880. The worldwide box office was $276,144,750.
Making matters worse is the fact that it barely doubled it’s production budget of $125 million. Universal released three films with high budgets (Bourne, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Battleship) while releasing the smaller-budgeted Ted, which went on to become the only one of the four to bring in over $500 million worldwide.
Bringing Damon and Greengrass back would be a good move for the franchise from a fiscal perspective. Here is how the first three films did in the series.
The Bourne Identity (June 14, 2002)
Opening Weekend: $27,118,640
Domestic: $121,661,683 (56.8%)
Foreign: $92,372,541 (43.2%)
The Bourne Supremacy (July 23, 2004)
Opening Weekend: $52,521,865
Domestic: $176,241,941 (61.1%)
Foreign: $112,258,276 (38.9%)
The Bourne Ultimatum (August 3, 2007)
Opening Weekend: $69,283,690
Domestic: $227,471,070 (51.4%)
Foreign: $215,353,068 )48.6%)
It is highly unlikely that the Bourne franchise brings in numbers similar to what Damon’s third outing did.