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
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
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.