“Star Trek” did it, “Spider-Man” is about to do it. Speaking at the UK premiere for “Invictus”, actor Matt Damon said that instead of another sequel, Universal’s lucrative ‘Bourne’ franchise may get a prequel/reboot revolving around a young Jason Bourne.
He tells Empire that “There’ll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one, just because I think we’re probably another five years away from doing it – we’ve got to get a script.”
As previously reported, the series has hit major stumbling blocks of late with director Paul Greengrass having exited the project and a lot of talk of script problems. Despite Damon’s comments, a prequel to the series followed by a sequel to ‘Ultimatum’ seems extremely unlikely.
Ultimately the studio will choose one or the other. The sequel is looking more and more uncertain due to many issues. The prequel/reboot would be ideal for the studio cost/control-wise but story wise is impractical as it would have to be set in the character’s pre-Treadstone Green Beret days (i.e. before he became ‘Jason Bourne’).
The other concern is Damon as unlike say James Bond, which has had numerous actors, people associate Damon and Bourne as one and the same.