Out doing press for today’s release of “Jason Bourne,” the film’s director Paul Greengrass makes it clear that should the series continue with another entry that two of the supporting talents from the new film are expected back – Alicia Vikander and Riz Ahmed.
Talking with The Playlist, Greengrass says Vikander’s CIA cybercrimes division chief and Ahmed’s billionaire tech giant characters are part of the new groundwork laid out in this entry which would be picked up in any further entry Universal wants to do:
“These franchises are really difficult to build for all the studios, and if you’re lucky enough to have been associated with one as I have, one that people love, you want the best for it. Renewing it, giving it somewhere to go that feels organic as opposed to just stuck in there, it is the hardest thing. That’s what I wanted to do. Once I decided to do another, it became very important to me to try, with some subtlety and elegance, to hand it back to Universal with places to go and characters that take it forward in a way that felt elegant and not false.
Alicia’s character was part of that. Riz Ahmed’s character was, also. I wanted those characters to be of our landscape, today. ‘Bourne Ultimatum’ and ‘Bourne Supremacy’ were very much films of the mid-90s and mid-2000s. But we’re in a very different world now, and the audience that goes to see these movies now has a different way of looking at the world.
Theirs is a world dominated by social media, and the entire digital realm. I wanted to create characters that lived in their world, and hopefully somebody might want to pick that up. I’m sure they will, and you’ve got places to go with Bourne and with the other characters….it was an important part of the creative mission for me.”
Reviews for the new film have so far been mixed – the action praised but the story being torn apart for offering nothing new to the franchise. Nevertheless neither Damon or Greengrass are shutting the door on the idea of coming back, even if neither is in a hurry:
“Listen, at the end of Ultimatum, I felt very strongly that I was done, and I said so. Here we are all those years later, talking. It took me nearly ten years to feel that I had another one to make. I’m not going to make that mistake now.
All I know is I really enjoyed doing it and I’m really proud of it. I think we’ve revived it and got it back to where it needs to be. I think that I’m going to have a holiday, and then I’ll go off and do some other movie. That’s sort of as far ahead as I can see. And it’s important to see how it does, and that audiences want to know what happens in his journey.”
Meanwhile Vulture has down a breakdown of the entire 45 lines of dialogue Matt Damon has in the film, check that analysis out at the link. “Jason Bourne” is now out in cinemas.