We all know that, during the Great Jeremy Renner Harvest of 2010, Universal hired the soulful star of Hurt Locker and 28 Weeks Later to replace Matt Damon as the face of the Bourne franchise. We also know that Renner is playing an entirely new character – Aaron Cross – and that, based on the most recent trailer, Bourne Legacy appears to take place at roughly the same time as The Bourne Ultimatum, which makes it not so much a “sequel” as a “paraquel,” in the parlance of the fantasy fiction you read as a 12-year-old that now approximates the Hollywood business model. But the producer of Legacy tells Empire that the door is very much open for a return trip from Damon. Says Frank Marshall, “You see there are several different programs in [Legacy] with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.”
The prospect of Jason Bourne starring in another movie with his name in the title could be complicated. Damon is fiercely loyal to his Bourne director Paul Greengrass; the genial actor also got in a rare public feud with current Bourne mastermind Tony Gilroy back in December. Then again, if Bourne Legacy fails – or even if it underperforms by a significant margin compared to the original trilogy – it’s not hard to picture Universal offering Matt Damon big money for another Bourne sequel. Like, Downey Jr. money. Like, Nicholson-in-Batman money.
And a Renner-meets-Damon Bourne sequel wouldn’t even mark the first time that Universal has united different strands of a franchise into one glorious whole. That would be Fast Five. Just picture it: Matt Damon, Jeremy Renner, and The Rock in The Bourne Recrudescence.
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