Bourne's Back

Matt Damon Talks Bourne 4 If for some reason you haven’t seen The Bourne Ultimatum yet: Go. Now. It’s not just the best movie in the Bourne franchise, it’s the best movie of the summer and maybe even one of the best action movies ever made. It’s that good. It’s also the perfect way to end the Bourne movie franchise… should it come to that. The film wraps on a note that could easily finish the story off in satisfying fashion, but leaves enough unanswered that a fourth installment in the franchise has plenty more to explore.

For the most part though, it’s sounded like Ultimatum is the last we’ll see of Jason Bourne. Back in May Matt Damon was quoted as saying, “The Bourne thing I'm definitely done with.” Now though, after the massive critical and financial success of Ultimatum, it sounds like he may be softening.

Matt Damon spoke to The Guardian (a publication which plays a prominent role in The Bourne Ultimatum) about his Bourne movies and their future. In the interview he talks a lot about the problems they had in getting the first movie, The Bourne Identity off the ground, but he’s also started to hint that a fourth movie wouldn’t be an unwelcome addition to his upcoming calendar. He says, “It wouldn't be the worst thing.” At least that’s progress. It sounds like the main holdup for him is a fear of becoming stale. He continues, “You identify your beachhead and then vow to protect it. In doing so, you start making safe choices, and I don't want to do that.”

I don’t think Matt needs to worry about playing safe. In between this Bourne movie and the last one he did critically acclaimed, high-profile work in The Departed and The Good Shepherd. He’s currently slated to work again with Paul Greengrass soon, but this time on a controversial examination of the United States’s “Green Zone” in Iraq. As long as they space these Bourne movies out by a year or two, he has plenty of time to change things up. It’s worked so far. Give us more Bourne!


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