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Paul Greengrass Shoots Down Bourne 5′ Rumors; Calls Them A “Figment of the Imagination”

Paul Greengrass Shoots Down Bourne 5' Rumors; Calls Them A "Figment of the Imagination"

Well, that was quick: just days after rumors circulated that director Paul Greengrass (who helmed the critically acclaimed blockbuster ‘Bourne’ installments “The Bourne Supremacy” and “Bourne Ultimatum“) and original series star Matt Damon (who starred in the first three movies) were being courted by Universal for a return to the franchise, the director definitively shoots down the rumors. “It’s a figment of someone’s imagination,” the director told Empire. At least Jeremy Renner can breathe easier.

When Empire asked Greengrass about the rumors of his return he said, “I’ve absolutely no idea. I’m not being funny but, no, that’s just a figment of someone’s imagination.” When Empire persisted about when the last time he discussed the possibility of another sequel with the studio, the director also stonewalled. “Quite a while ago. We might have a laugh about it, but a serious conversation? Not for a long time.”

And it doesn’t exactly sound like the filmmaker is too keen to return to his spy movie past, either. “Um… listen, I loved the Bourne movies,” he told Empire. “I loved making them but it’s like anything in life, you’ve got to move on and do different things.”

The persistent rumor was that the studio was attempting to develop two ‘Bourne’ projects simultaneously: one would be a sequel to last summer’s surprisingly satisfying “The Bourne Legacy,” which starred Jeremy Renner as a new, similarly adept agent named Aaron Cross, and successfully continued the brand beyond the Damon originals. In a parallel development plan, so the story goes, Universal was attempting a fourth Damon-led ‘Bourne’ operation, this time with Greengrass. That no longer seems to be the case (if it was ever the case at all), and our money is on the Renner sequel to see the light of day sooner rather than later.

The “other things” Greengrass referred to seemingly includes his new film “Captain Phillips,” based on the real life tale of Somali pirates and starring Tom Hanks, which is scheduled to open the New York Film Festival before opening wide on October 11th.

In other related rumor news, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s reps have shot down the “Star Wars: Episode VII” rumors, but lets face it, you were smart enough to know that was BS.

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James Smith

A real life story of Somali pirates starring . . . Tom Hanks?

Speed the plow

But Greengrass doesn't say absolutely never. Just not now. I have to have something to hold onto! Still hoping.


Damon doesn't need Renner, and Renner doesn't need Damon to make another movie in this franchise a success. But a crossover/match up would be great for fans to see. Although I realize since Damon won't return without Greengrass at the helm, and Greengrass doesn't sound like he will ever return; that's not likely to happen. To bad for fans – if done right, it could be a great movie. Damon, Renner, Norton, Weisz – that's not a bad talent line up at all!

Also, stories that feature soldiers enhanced by the use of drugs administered by secret government agencies – terrible premise. It will never sell.
Right Captain America?
Right then. It's a completely plausible concept, and in Renner you've clearly got an actor who can perform the stunts to make it look amazing. Plus, he and Weisz had a nice little chemistry going. But I do agree with the need for the story and pacing to be improved the second time around.


Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon are forever going to be haunted with Universal making stupid "Greengrass & Damon consider a New Bourne movie" that's immediately followed by people calling them sell-outs. This has been, what, the 6th time this cycle has repeated itself?

The depper

I guess Legacy was "surprisingly satisfying" to people who liked to see the ending of the trilogy ruined for absolutely no purpose, enjoy viewing movies about moronic pill poppers, like incredibly lame action in which a transparently silly 'villain' is dispatched with zero drama but an over abundance of pointless jargon, and the hero is, I'm sorry, about a two on the handsome scale.


That's not exactly a denial from Cumberbatch. It's a denial that he's been cast – that's all.

Alan B


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