After a nine year break, actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return with “Jason Bourne,” the fifth film in the spy thriller franchise and their third collaboration on the series.
For years the pair held out from doing another Bourne film unless it was together, Universal went ahead without them a few years ago to not much success. Nevertheless all left the door open for more somewhere down the line with that day finally arriving next week.
Speaking with The New York Times, Damon says it was the public’s consistent asking of him to make another one that finally got him around to doing it:
“At a certain point, I said to Paul, ‘People really want to see this movie, and that’s not something to turn our noses up at’. Having made movies that didn’t find an audience, I didn’t want to thumb our nose at this opportunity. It’s this weird thing where you can’t give them exactly the same thing, or they’ll be resentful. But you have to give them enough of something they recognize that they feel like they’re getting what they paid for.”
Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley says they plan to keep Damon and Greengrass around and doing these films as long as they can:
“Even though Matt and Paul had been very definitive about not wanting to come back, we weren’t really willing to submit to that… look, here’s what I think the goal is: to keep Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass doing Bourne movies till they can’t do them anymore.”
“Jason Bourne” is slated to open in cinemas on July 29th.