Last year’s “Jason Bourne” was supposed to be Matt Damon’s triumphant return to the character, and genre, that he revolutionized in the early 2000’s. After a failed attempt to reboot the series with Jeremy Renner in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” the studio was only interested in continuing the series with its original star. Well, things didn’t go as planned when “Jason Bourne” was released, and now it seems as if Matt Damon is done for real this time with the Bourne franchise….maybe.
Speaking in an interview with the Toronto Sun, Damon said, “It would have to be a pretty incredible story to get us all back on the horse.” While that might sound like what he said before coming back with “Jason Bourne,” this time it doesn’t seem like Damon is holding out for artistic integrity. He might just see the writing on the wall. “This last one didn’t do as well as the one we did 10 years ago, so maybe people are done with the character,” continued Damon.
“Jason Bourne” was released last year to middling reviews. Currently sitting at 56% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was far from a critical darling. It did okay business at the box office, pulling in over $400 million worldwide, but domestically, the film was only ranked 3rd in the series. Not a total failure, but definitely not the series rejuvenation that the studio had hoped for.
However, the actor is refusing to say he will never return to the franchise. It’s just unlikely, and it all depends on, “If we can figure out a good story.” So it might just be that Damon truly is waiting for a great story, but odds are, he’s probably not coming back as everyone’s favorite amnesiac spy.