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Frank Marshall confirms new Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner Bourne films are possible

The Bourne Ultimatum

Story by Jack Foley

THE possibility of two new Bourne movies remains a distinct possibility, according to producer Frank Marshall.

Days after Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass were reported to be in talks about returning to the franchise for a fourth instalment, the veteran producer has said all options are currently open.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Marshall confirmed that talks are ongoing between Universal and Greengrass over the possibility of a long wished for follow-up to The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon’s last outing as the amnesia-ridden spy.

But work is also continuing to progress on the follow-up to Jeremy Renner’s The Bourne Legacy, which currently has a summer 2016 release date and Justin Lin on board to direct.

The only compliation seems to be whether a new Damon Bourne film would cause Universal to delay the Renner follow-up and ‘steal’ the 2016 release date knowing how lucrative the Damon-Greengrass return would be.

There are also some other politics to consider, according to the Reporter. Greengrass has long been sceptical of returning to the franchise and Damon has previously stated that he will only play Bourne again if Greengrass directs.

The British filmmaker is keen to direct a movie about accused Olympics bomber Richard Jewell, which would star Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. But, as yet, Universal has yet to greenlight it and Bourne could be the bait that gets both parties to commit.

Damon could also re-ignite his A-list status after a string of recent releases have failed to hit the high numbers of his Bourne endeavours.

But the Jeremy Renner version should still happen and – if Universal finally gets its way – could even pave the way for both Renner and Damon to one day appear in the same film.

Commenting on the Renner film, Marshall said: “That movie is moving forward. It’s still in development. We’re working to get a script as soon as possible.”

He added that because Greengrass had yet to confirm a deal the strategy is to proceed with both projects simultaneously.

“We’re on two tracks,” he added. “And if this one [with Damon and Greengrass] comes together, great, but they’re still just talking.”

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