Matt Damon returns as the title character in Jason Bourne
At first, Paul Greengrass did not want to direct another Bourne movie. He had previously helmed 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum and 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy, and could not come up with another mission for Matt Damon’s rogue agent, Jason Bourne.
But it was Damon – believing in an audience for a new story – who finally persuaded Greengrass to jump back into the fray. Regardless of his location, Damon can be certain that someone will ask him about a new Bourne adventure.
“We love him just as much as everybody else,” says Damon, who played the character in three previous Bourne movies, in the production notes, “and we were leery of putting the cart before the horse and making another Bourne movie before we were ready with a good story.”
Damon says it was a case of waiting for the world to change a bit.
“Paul and I would talk constantly, and the one thing that I always said was that I’d do it if he would. We would talk about projects all the time, and we made another movie together in the interim. Every few months, it seemed like we would have a Bourne conversation, but we couldn’t seem to get anywhere until about 18 months ago.”
In 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, the last title to star Damon as the title character, Bourne seemed to blow off his life as an operative – a story point which required the filmmakers to explain his downtime between pics.
“So what has he been doing for 12 years and what does his life look like?” continues Damon. “That was the biggest question to answer, and once we got a bead on that, everything started to fall into place.”
Nine years after The Bourne Ultimatum, this late, inspired by the novels of Robert Ludlum, finds Bourne hanging out on the Greek / Macedonian border.
“What’s happened to Bourne in the last 10 years and why has he not found any peace?” says Greengrass. “Our story will follow what he needs to do in order to try and find it.”
“What we come to find out is that he did gain his freedom,” Damon expands. “He did liberate himself from this Jason Bourne identity, but that hasn’t brought him any peace. He’s an incredibly tortured soul, and you find him in a very dark place at the beginning of the movie.”
Alongside the excitement of revisiting a much loved character, Damon says, comes the pressure of matching up to the franchise’s previous outings.
“We’re all extremely proud of the previous three movies, and we want this to fit nicely with them. We’re excited and anxious, and definitely feeling the pressure—but we feel like we know what it is that audiences like about these movies, and we are doing our best to deliver a good one.”
Regardless of his other roles, the star is pretty damn sure that Bourne will always be a massive part of his life.
“You do something four separate times in your career, and it’s going to follow you around. But I don’t mind being followed by this one, because I really like Jason Bourne.”
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles and Riz Ahme
Screenwriters: Paul Greengrass and Christopher Rouse (Based on characters by Robert Ludlum)
Producers: Frank Marshall, Jeffrey M. Weiner, Ben Smith, Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass and Gregory Goodman
Executive Producers: Henry Morrison, Christopher Rouse, Jennifer Todd and Doug Liman
Image Info: Matt Damon as Jason Bourne 2016 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
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