Universal Pictures is reportedly hedging their bets for the future of the ‘Bourne’ franchise.
A few weeks ago came word that Anthony Peckham was hired to get to work on a script for a fifth instalment of the franchise. The film would essentially follow on from events in the Jeremy Renner-led fourth entry “The Bourne Legacy”.
Now, Twitch reports that the studio is “in simultaneous negotiations with both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for both to return.”
Damon has clearly stated before that he is only interested in returning if Greengrass is directing so things remain up in the air for now.
Either way, Universal plans to “continue with the Aaron Cross stream of Bourne films regardless of what happens on the Damon front, with potential crossover of the character’s stories to be sorted out if and when Damon signs back up.”
UPDATE: Variety has denied the report, saying they haven’t begun any talks with Damon or Greengrass.