Greengrass: Why No More “Bourne” For Me

Still holding out hope that one day Matt Damon and filmmaker Paul Greengrass would return to the “Bourne” franchise?

Damon himself has left the door open to returning to the franchise, on the condition that Greengrass must be involved. If the pair couldn’t come up with a good idea for another, then “we really should leave it alone.”

Though he seemed against returning, Greengrass himself put the final nail into the coffin this week and tells The Playlist that he is not coming back:

“I can’t speak for Matt, but I agonized for a long period of time about it. In the end I felt I had given it my all in two films I’m very proud of and didn’t want to make another if I didn’t believe it could be as good if not better.

I discovered in my heart I didn’t have another one in me. I would be going through the motions and I could never do that. The best thing was to move on, have someone else come in and make their mark on it.

You get to a place where the desire to serve the studio conflicts with your own desire to move on and stake out new ground. If you’re going to have a long career in this business, you’ve got to try new things or you very quickly become predictable and stale.

I hope they do [continue the series] and that the franchise prospers; but I knew it wasn’t going to be me. I’m completely at peace with it. I look back now and think, if I’d done my third film, and hadn’t done it well, I’d have been really upset. I wouldn’t be at peace with it the way I am now.”

Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” scored four major Golden Globes nominations this week. While not a front runner in the awards race so far, it is proving one of the most consistent titles appearing on various critical award nomination lists and in numerous Top 10’s.