Since the first image was released back in September, news about the latest Jason Bourne film has been pretty scarce. Aside from saying that, yeah, Bourne would definitely beat Batman in a fight, star Matt Damon has kept pretty mum on the project. While on a break from filming, Damon sat down with Variety to discuss The Martian, and Bourne inevitably came up, with Damon reporting that they’re “probably about halfway through.” Damon seemed enthusiastic about stepping back into this character once again, and that he’d hoped that The Bourne Ultimatum wouldn’t be his last chance to inhabit the role:
“I wasn’t sure. I hoped I wasn’t because I really liked the franchise and the character, but I didn’t see a way to go. But I wasn’t giving up on the idea of doing it. Paul and I kind of talked years ago about perhaps the way forward was just to let time pass and allow the world to change a little.”
The world has changed a lot since Bourne seemingly disappeared to live off the grid for the last time more than a decade ago, and that is certainly going to be reflected in the film. Damon continued, explaining that this Bourne would have a different sort of fight this go-around.
“Because you’ll find the character — like The Bourne Ultimatum, the third act actually in the movie dovetails with the third act of The Bourne Supremacy. So technically when the Bourne character disappears, it’s still 2004. So when this next one comes out in ’16, it will have been 12 years — in movie years — that the character as been off the grid. So what’s happened in those intervening years gives you a story.”
While it seems that every franchise is getting a reboot, sequel, or some kind of reimagining lately, the Bourne franchise is one that fans will welcome back with open arms. With Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass back at the helm, our favorite ass-kicking amnesiac will hopefully be better than ever.