A new report broke from Comic Book Movie on Thursday, with statements forwarded from Empire Online regarding filmmaker Paul Greengrass in relation to recent buzz on his return to the Bourne franchise. “I’ve absolutely no idea,” Greengrass told Empire Online. “I’m not being funny but, no, that’s just a figment of someone’s imagination.”.
Twitch originally broke their version of the story back in late August. However, with reports also declaring Universal Pictures’ rebutting any said meeting between themselves and Greengrass, it seems Greengrass is more than willing to nip those rumors in the bud, especially emphasizing just how rare talks even are regarding the very franchise that landed actor Matt Damon his own role in the first three films. When asked when it was discussed last, he said, “Quite a while ago, …We might have a laugh about it, but a serious conversation? Not for a long time.”.
Damon has spent quite a while publicly stating his own hopes for a return to the franchise should Greengrass return, a move that might have possibly granted the franchise a crossover film with The Bourne Legacy star Jeremy Renner, who is currently set to return for the fifth film in the series, with a director’s name pending. All things consisdered, Greengrass is removing any and all likelihood for now that he will helm another Bourne movie. “Um… listen, I loved the Bourne movies, …I loved making them but it’s like anything in life, you’ve got to move on and do different things.”
Greengrass‘s next film, Captain Phillips, will be hitting the film festival circuit in Europe before landing in theaters in the U.S. and U.K. on October 11 and 18, respectively. Watch the trailer below.
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