Damon last portrayed Bourne in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, while the franchise continued on without its star for 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. So what made Damon return to the popular action series and revive his iconic Jason Bourne character? It begins and ends with wanting to tell a good story.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Damon revealed that he and longtime Bourne director Paul Greengrass wanted to wait to see how the world changed to see if a potential Bourne plot presented itself organically.
“Mainly, we just didn’t want to mess it up, Damon said. “We were really happy with the three films and if we were going to do another one, we wanted it to fit in with the three films in terms of quality.”
Considering that it’s been almost a decade since Damon and Greengrass last collaborated, the pair found plenty of material in real world events to inspire another Bourne film.
“Since 2007, so much has changed,” continued Damon. “There’s been the financial collapse, the great recession, all these issues of cyber warfare and civil liberties – things that are slowly coming to into the zeitgeist as we start to grapple with what the future is going to look like. And so those are kind of somewhere in the stew of our story. If you look at the first three, they are films that are product of the Bush presidency. Thematically, they touch on things people were talking and thinking about during that presidency. This one feels like a movie about today.”
Jason Bourne opens July 29, 2016.
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