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Exclusive: While all the buzz this week about Matt Damon focused on Deadline’s reveal that he’ll reteam with Paul Greengrass in their third Bourne Identity film, there’s another very exotic international film that Damon is also flirting with. That is the lead role in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. Legendary Pictures principal Thomas Tull has been trying to mount the China-set epic for several years now. Script is by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, but the most recent draft is by Tony Gilroy, who is familiar to Damon in that he scripted those terrific Bourne Identity films. The Great Wall was going to shoot last year and give Legendary a foothold into the China market, with Ed Zwick helming. While Zwick went as far as casting Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker, it just didn’t »
- Mike Fleming Jr
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
A bombshell was dropped a couple of days ago when news broke that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are currently in discussions to return to the Bourne franchise, with Greengrass also penning the screenplay. The prospect of the duo responsible for the brilliant The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum coming back to the series was an exciting one, but it raised a lot of questions about Universal’s other Bourne franchise. When Damon and Greengrass departed the Bourne series, Universal kept the property alive with The Bourne Legacy, which saw Jeremy Renner playing another agent living and working in the same universe as Bourne. The film did so-so at the box office, but Universal was happy enough that it began developing a sequel with director Justin Lin to hit theaters in 2016. When we learned that Greengrass and Damon were talking about returning to the Bourne series, we heard »
- Adam Chitwood
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Let's hope Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner don't bump into each other at a restaurant. In re-engaging with Universal to return to the Jason Bourne franchise with director Paul Greengrass after their contentious exit following 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon has put in jeopardy a planned follow-up to 2012's The Bourne Legacy that is set to star Renner and be directed by Justin Lin for a 2016 release. Several sources say that if deals and a story idea can be worked out with Damon, 43,
- Kim Masters
Damon and director Paul Greengrass are making deals with Universal to team up for a new Bourne film.
As the old saying goes, you can't keep a good government assassin down. Jason Bourne – and not Jeremy Renner's semi-confusing Jason Bourne analog – is coming back as Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are currently making a deal with Universal to reunite for a third time, according to Deadline.
This will be the fourth time Damon has stepped into the shoes of the titular trained killer, first playing him in 2002 in The Bourne Identity. Identity was directed by Doug Liman who handed the series' reigns over to Greengrass in 2004 for The Bourne Supremacy.
It was Greengrass who gave the franchise its iconic handheld 'shaky cam' look, which he used to acclaimed effect in the 2007 installment The Bourne Ultimatum, which was the last film Damon appeared in as the eponymous hero.
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Cara Delevingne lands the female lead to star alongside Nat Wolff in John Green’s Paper Towns. [Variety] Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reportedly teaming up again for a new Bourne installment. [EW] ABC finally releases the Revenge season four trailer, and Victoria Grayson is ready for serious payback. [TV Line] Disney reveals the synopsis of Avengers: Age of Ultron. [The Verge] Was Holly Montag trying to rain on Lauren Conrad‘s parade by getting married on the same day? [E!] The Walking Dead cast reveals Norman Reedus‘ biggest secret. [Huffington Post] Bill Murray asks: “Turn down for what?” [Billboard]
- Taylor Ferber
Bourne: Matt Damon is returning to the Bourne series under the direction of Paul Greengrass. The two previously worked together on 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum (pictured above), as well as 2010's non-Bourne action drama Green Zone. Reportedly, the new project is targeting July 26, 2016 for release, which would delay the next planned Boune offshoot starring Jeremy Renner, which will be directed by Justin Lin. [Deadline] I Know What You Did Last Summer: It's been 17 years since Kevin Williamson (Scream) adapted Lois Duncan's thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer for the big screen, and so Sony has decided the time is right for a reboot. The studio has tapped Mike Flanagan (Oculus) to write a new script with his...
- Peter Martin
Rumors are swirling that Matt Damon is coming back for another Bourne movie with director Paul Greengrass, despite the fact that Greengrass has previously said there was nowhere else for the character to go. This film would also be separate from the spinoff sequel The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. Universal Pictures hasn't officially confirmed the news yet, but if it's so, we say bring it on - because Matt Damon is one of the big screen's best heroes. Oh, you need proof? Here's proof. »
Matt Damon may be known for a lot of things, but let’s face it, the “Bourne” films are his most profitable by a long stretch. Three films in, and that franchise has grossed what, over a few bazillion dollars? Or thereabouts. So it’s no surprise Universal is really hot to get Damon back in the CIA-themed series, and according to Deadline, it’s going to happen. The site says the studio has now “begun making deals” with not just Damon to return for a fourth Bourne film, but with director Paul Greengrass as well. Greengrass and Damon teamed up for two of the four Bourne movies — the second and third one. Most people probably forget that Greengrass didn’t also direct the first. That was “Edge of Tomorrow’s” Doug Liman. And the fourth movie, of course, was Damon-less, though his character Jason Bourne did get plenty of mentions. »
Jeff Sneider reveals the exclusive list of the seven women aiming to star in the second season of HBO's "True Detective." Creator Nic Pizzolatto and network executives are holding final auditions to make their selection for the female lead. The ladies are: Rosario Dawson ("Sin City"), Jessica Biel ("Total Recall"), Jaimie Alexander ("Thor"), Malin Akerman ("Trophy Wife"), Brit Marling ("Babylon"), Kelly Reilly ("Flight"), and Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones"). Rumored actresses Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") and Rachel McAdams ("About Time") have not been completely ruled out. The lead actress could be opposite the trio of lead men Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn. The Wrap -Break- Calling it an "absolute stunner," Universal Pictures is negotiating the return of lead actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the "Bourne" film series. The...' »
Jason Bourne is coming back!
According to Deadline, Matt Damon is set to play rogue CIA operative Jason Bourne for a fourth time.
The actor will reportedly reunite with director Paul Greengrass for another installment in the massively successful action franchise.
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Since 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum," the actor and director have said they did not want to make a fourth film, but the pair has reportedly changed their minds and are in talks.
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Via Deadline, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will team up again to make a third Jason Bourne movie following concluding the trilogy with The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. Universal has set the film for a quick production and a release on July 16, 2016. Not only that, this would place the as-of-yet untitled Bourne movie ahead of the Bourne spinoff sequel to The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious).
Deadline mentions that Greengrass had originally planned on stopping the franchise now that Bourne has his memory back, saying there’s nowhere else for the character to go. But this latest update of course flies in the face of news that Greengrass would never make another Bourne movie, that Damon would never make one without Greengrass, and that Damon was anyway attached without Greengrass involved.
This will also be the first Damon/Bourne movie not based on one of Robert Ludlum’s novels, »
- Brian Welk
Back in June, Universal Pictures set a 2016 release date for a sequel to The Bourne Legacy, essentially cementing their plan to continue the Bourne franchise with Jeremy Renner as the new leading man. Now, however, it looks like Matt Damon is going to be coming back for another Bourne adventure, bumping the Legacy sequel out of it's release date, and seeing him re-team with director Paul Greengrass.
If you were hoping to see Matt Damon come back to the action franchise, then it looks like you're in luck. Months ago Latino-Review posted a scoop that the real reason the Legacy sequel had been delayed to 2016 was in order to secure new deals for Damon and Greengrass to return to the franchise. The reports were immediately denied and a few news sites went out of their way to try and debunk it. One of the most vehement debunkers, Deadline, have now »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Apparently Universal is putting the planned sequel to The Bourne Legacy, which saw Jeremy Renner step in for Matt Damon in an attempt to keep the franchise alive, on the backburner as the studio has begun negotiations with Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Matt Damon to return for what would be Damon's fourth film in the franchise and Greengrass' third. The report comes from Deadline, which says Universal intends to make the reteam the next Bourne, stepping in front of the spinoff sequel, which was previously assumed to be occupying a July 16, 2016 release date. It sounds as if that date will now go to this Greengrass and Damon sequel while a new Renner film, with Justin Lin directing, is still assumed to be in the works. There's no word on how the story will play out, but I would expect there to be some sort of »
- Brad Brevet
Although Universal is still developing a possible sequel to the Jeremy Renner spin-off The Bourne Legacy, with Justin Lin attached to direct, the studio has also taken serious positive steps towards resurrecting the original Bourne franchise, according to movie news website Deadline. If Deadline's sources are to be believed, the studio has begun making deals to get Matt Damon on board again as Jason Bourne, and Paul Greengrass to write and direct a new instalment. If true, this would be remarkable news indeed. Greengrass directed the second and third parts, 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, and has always stated that for him, the story was now finished, and he had no interest in directing another one. Damon has also been very vocal about...
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Bourne is back!
In a surprise twist, Matt Damon is set to reunite with director Paul Greengrass for another Jason Bourne movie, according to Deadline. The fifth in the "Bourne" series would hit theaters July 16, 2016 - taking the place of a planned sequel to "The Bourne Legacy," which starred Jeremy Renner.
The news is a bit of a shock, as both Damon and Greengrass have previously declared another Jason Bourne movie as very unlikely. "Because he is a guy who walked away from everything, so we just have to solve that," Damon told the Huffington Post. "And Paul and I haven't been able to do it "
Still, the actor has wanted to try to find a way to make it happen.
"I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director," Damon told CNBC earlier this year. "We've just never been able to come up with a story. »
- Kelly Woo
News that Universal had collared Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to reteam for another chapter in the Bourne series is not a surprise. Even while Jeremy Renner took on the series mantle in his brief time under the New Action Hero spotlight he still lived in the shadow of the duo. Now the popular spy series is set to be reborn.
Rumours spun wildly through the production of the underrated Green Zone (mis-sold as a quasi-Bourne IV thanks to a startling lack of faith from the marketing department) that another Bourne film was imminent, that Renner was a stop-gap, that there were more stories to be told. As has been pointed out this morning in the social media fallout it seemed (cinema) Jason Bourne’s story ended with the name David Webb, but Legacy proved there are many more chapters to this story. So, why were Universal so set on the reunion? »
- Jon Lyus
Come back Damon and Greengrass, all is forgotten. Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are reportedly in talks to return to the world of Jason Bourne, despite previously insisting such a return was highly unlikely. Damon's been clear on the fact that he wouldn't dream of returning without Greengrass in the director's chair, while Greengrass has stated on numerous occasions that he doesn't believe there are any stories left in the amnesiac assassin. »
When the credits rolled on The Bourne Ultimatum, we were all under the impression that director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon had told their story of super spy Jason Bourne, citing that there was no where to go creatively with the character now that his story was told. When Jeremy Renner joined The Bourne Legacy as a new genetically altered government pawn, it hammered home that the Bourne franchise was moving forward in a new direction. Now it seems that that direction may include a slight u-turn, with the news that Greengrass and Damon have found their story and that Jason Bourne is indeed returning. Deadline are reporting that Universal are eyeing the July 16th 2016 release slot they had assigned to an untitled Bourne movie, which we can assume was the continuing adventures of Renner's Aaron Cross with Justin Lin at the helm, that will play host to the Damon and Greengrass reunion. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
In a surprise move over at Universal, both director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon are both making a return to the Jason Bourne franchise that started with The Bourne Identity all of the way back in 2002. Edge Of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman directed that movie, but Greengrass brought the following sequels The Bourne Supermacy and The Bourne Ultimatum to cinemas in the years that followed.
In 2012, ‘Ultimatum’ writer Tony Gilroy stepped into the role of director for spin-off The Bourne Legacy, which was led by newcomer to the franchise Jeremy Renner, and while a sequel to that movie was due in 2016, it now looks like that release slot may be taken by the new Greengrass movie.
While the spin-off sequel will not be released in that slot, Universal did say that a film that will continue to feature the exploits of Renner’s Aaron Cross, will still continue to be developed at the studio. »
- Paul Heath
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