It’s time to grab your box full of passports, cash from various countries and super-spy handbook, because Jason Bourne is back. Hot off the announcement of a fourth movie in the franchise starring original star Matt Damon, fans were treated to a little bit more information about what to expect from the coming action thriller called simply “Jason Bourne.”
Previously, E! Online reported that Damon and director Paul Greengrass would reunite for another project in the Bourne franchise, scheduled to hit theaters in July 2016. This led many to wonder what in the world a man like Jason Bourne (a.k.a. David Webb, and a lot of other aliases) has been doing for the better part of a decade since the last film starring Damon, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” in 2007.
“He’s been in the shadows of Europe,” Greengrass told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s been active and he’s been doing hard physical work. Definitely not sunning himself on the beach.”
News that Bourne has not been lounging around since exposing the government agents behind secret assassin mills like Treadstone and Blackbriar isn’t shocking. This is especially true for those who saw the teaser trailer for the new film that debuted during the Super Bowl, posted below, where Bourne can be seen adjacent to some pretty big espionage incidents as well as competing in what looks like an underground fight club. In other words, Greengrass seems to be implying that the formerly amnesiac spy has been keeping himself ready for another world-changing case that can only be saved by one man.
Damon appeared as the title character in “The Bourne Identity” (2002), “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004) and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Each film was based on the novels by Robert Ludlum, who died in 2001. After the third movie, Damon said he didn’t want to continue with the franchise without Greengrass. Still believing that there was life in the spy series, the studio softly rebooted it in 2012 in "The Bourne Legacy," with Jeremy Renner playing another secret agent from the same super-spy program as Damon’s character.
The last time anyone saw Bourne, other than the trailer, was at the end of “Ultimatum,” when he helped expose a government conspiracy to restart the villainous assassin program that he destroyed in “Supremacy.” To thank him for his help with the matter, Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) gave him all the information he needed to regain his memory. So, going into the new movie, Jason Bourne will, for once, not be completely in the dark about the people pulling his strings.
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