Matt Damon Hints That A ‘Bourne 6’ Movie Could Conclude The Franchise

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Matt Damon expressed a lot of ambivalence toward the possibility of making another Bourne movie in a recent interview, but stated that he’s up to doing one more if it’s a good enough story to put a lid on the entire espionage franchise.

Talking with The Toronto Sun, Damon mentioned that he isn’t sure right now if he’s going to make a fifth Bourne film or if the latest film will serve as an epilogue to the trilogy.

“It would have to be a pretty incredible story to get us all back on the horse… Look, we all love working together, and those movies are a lot of fun to make, so we sure would be happy to do it – if we can figure out a good story.”

Damon cited the fact that the his fourth film (Jason Bourne) made less than the third film (The Bourne Ultimatum) as a sign that people may be moving on from the character. That might ring truer domestically than it does on a global scale, as while the movie made $65 million less than its predecessor in the United States and Canada, it only made $27.3 million less worldwide on a marginally larger budget. While domestic dollars count more than money generated overseas, the fact that both movies made upwards of $400 million shows that interest hasn’t disappeared from the franchise, even if the public wasn’t as invested in the sequel. (Jason Bourne also greatly outperformed the spin-off The Bourne Legacy, which did not feature Damon at all and starred Jeremy Renner instead.)

Meanwhile, series producer Frank Marshall is significantly more optimistic about the series going on for at least one more installment.

“I think everybody is leaving the door open, as we did at the end of this movie, in hopes that we can come up with an intriguing story for the next one.”

Hopefully, more information on the state of the franchise should surface over the course of the next few months.

Source: The Toronto Sun

The Bourne Reflection – A Look Back

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In honor of the excitement leading into this weekend’s release of Jason Bourne, I got a chance to re-watch the four films that led up to this brand new entry that audiences waited over a decade for. In revisiting this film franchise based on the Robert Ludlum novels, I realized how these films (well, 75% of them) benefit from multiple viewings in order to further appreciate the intricacies in storytelling and pure craftsmanship in bringing one of the most intriguing cinematic action heroes of the century. Let’s take a look first at the film that started it all, The Bourne Identity. 

The Bourne Identity – dir. Doug Liman

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Right from the opening sequence in which our titular protagonist is found unconscious floating on the sea, the audience is just sucked in. Director Doug Liman introduced audiences to this series in such great effect with his steady, yet tension-filled direction that would set a standard for what this series would carry on with through its next installments. This film works as both a compelling mystery and an exciting action film, exploring the scenario in which someone has the opportunity to right their own ships despite the actions of their past. Sure, Jason Bourne suffers from amnesia from his mission, but the ideas that this film explores still elevate the drama to a compelling degree. It helps that Matt Damon adds nuance to the character in both the physical and emotional aspects of his development. Add in some great supporting players like Chris Cooper, Franka Potente, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, and Julia Stiles and you got yourself a tight, entertaining mystery/thriller.

 

Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Daniel

    The problem with Bourne 4 and 5 is that Bourne 3 ended the story in a satisfactory way (I think that Bourne 1 – 3 is probably the best film trilogy ever). There’s no more story to tell with this character or this premise. Anything else is just redundant. Storytellers need to know when to walk away.

    • Vegas82

      Heh, I pretty much feel the exact same way about the novels. The original trilogy works perfect as is and requires nothing else. The additional books really don’t add anything for me.

  • Arthur Robbins

    I thought that the way the last movie ended they left the door so wide open for another one. What I missed most was Joan Allen’s character as Pam Landy

  • Arthur Robbins

    I also wish that they didn’t kill off Nicky Parsons.

    • J Steven Morse

      I agree..it was crushing to kill off Nicky! One more superlative movie, though? Perhaps with an overlaying international evil master cell conspiracy? Go for it!!

  • Craig Giddens

    The last movie was fun to watch …. but it was not as well written as the previous three JB movies plus killing off Nicky Parsons was a bad idea! We are teased in JB-Ultimatum that there is some history between Jason and Nicky and the response is to kill her off? Big time bad idea. Also why weren’t the Pamela Landy and Noah Vosen characters brought back? There is still unfinished business for these characters. Tommy Lee Jones was so out of place. You want to make another JB movie then bring back Landy and Vosen and construct a story line in which Nicky didn’t actually die. Tie up the loose ends from Ultimatum and you’ve got yourself a winner!

    • JB Nyirenda

      You have summarized it well. maybe you could help with a script. I don’t like the last last one because they “killed” Nicky——other than they brought someone one to “pretend” to be Nicky!

      • cosimo193

        As I remember it, Bourne had to disappear pretty quickly when he thought Nicky was dead. I think it’s probably not impossible to cook up a story where she was rescued and resuscitated after he’d gone. The script definitely wasn’t great and I think the amount of publicity that Damon’s 25 lines of dialogue got probably put off a load of people rather than there being an inherent lack of interest in the character/genre. Having read all the books, although Lustbader’s are a bit daft, there’s definitely enough material in there that could form the basis of a good story. I look forward to it, especially with more dialogue from Damon. He is, after all, a proper actor, he’s not just there because of his physique!

        • EllieMae’s grandad

          I read the first few books – dirge compared to the movies.
          They were so bad I never read the later ones.

          The Tom Clancy stories on the other hand . . .

    • EllieMae’s grandad

      If she weren’t killed in the street, Nickie would never be able to afford the medical bills, so all the high-tech stuff that would be needed to save her simply wouldn’t be there, so no hospital would bother. Shame; I liked her.

  • Benj D.B.S.

    I concluded watching all 5 last night, the last installment twice (in a span of 10 days). I should agree Nicky Parson’s demise was a bad one. She should be resurrected in the 6th.

    • Kayoss860

      Sure, maybe Thanos can lend them the infinity gauntlet to resurrect Nicky.

  • mike fromuniontown

    Pamela Landy and Noah Vosen AND NICKY MUST BE BROUGHT BACK SOMEHOW…THE TENSION BETWEEN LANDY AND VOSEN AND HAVING BOURNE RELUCTANTLY AGREEING TO WORK WITH THOSE TWO FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION….MAYBE EVEN ENLISTING THE HELP OF RUSSIAN FSB, THIS TIME TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM NORTH KOREA

    • tigersfan61

      Nicky died in the last film…

  • John Kissane

    Find someone that can write a great script. Jason Bourne was two car chases and the rest was a crappy script. Don’t bother making a movie without a proper script. The reason why the totals were down = lousy script.

    • Bill

      So say you, standing behind a stove flipping burgers at mickey Macs.

  • Choudhry Areeb

    The Script was not so good in successors. Nicky should be resurrected,then it will complete the series.

  • Brenda Downing

    Say what you will about the Bourne franchise. Some installs were not as good as others, it is all relative.
    As a whole, the Bourne series was down right great including the segment with Jeremy Renner, IMHO. A sixth and final would get Jason back to the US (or where ever he lands) and finally able to lead a somewhat normal life. Nicky could get a star on the wall as a KIA, if she is not brought back. Pamela could resign from the Agency and be working for some other department.
    The opening is there for a final Jason Bourne and I would welcome it with open and anticipating arms.

  • James Glover

    The hook for Jason Bourne 2016 was the manipulation of social media for Agency control of the public.
    The hook for the final one has to be debt and currency.
    Bourne finds out that the Agency has now franchised Treadstone/Ironhand to huge Corporate interests with NO Government over-sight.
    A simple bounty hunter story emerges where Bourne is targetted by a thousand Corporate hitmen as opposed to just a few dozen from the Agency.
    Out-numbered, out-gunned; Bourne has only one chance. Weaponise the debt weaknesses of these Corporate franchises by targetting their foreign owners.
    Enraged that they think he’s acting on behalf of the U.S. Government, the F.Os start a currency war that threatens the entire Country.
    Bourne is left with a grim choice, continue to pursue his bid for personal survival and vengeance or put the genuine interests of his Country first and hand himself in…

  • Hamid Reaper Wilson

    Nicky died and a asset don’t make mistakes like that so even tho I like her aswell she shouldn’t come back I definitely don’t want to see another Bourne movie without Matt Damon, Legacy was ok but they could of waited till after Jason Bourne to release that. Now I agree Pamela Landy should come back with Noah Vosen or continue it like a hitman spin off trying to make More like Bourne mainly don’t end this magnificent franchise or continue it without Matt Damon.