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Damon On 'Bourne Legacy:' "I'll Just Make My Own Movie"

Matt Damon is ticked off at Universal Pictures.  As you might have heard, Damon was uninterested in making another run in the Bourne franchise any time soon.  That’s understandable; with films like Hereafter and True Grit out this year, Damon’s certainly trying to expand his horizon well beyond the action genre. 

Matt Damon: Do not f**k with me.Too bad no one told him that his reluctance to participate didn’t matter to Universal, who (as you also might have heard) are planning to move on to a fourth Bourne movie (due in 2012) without him.  And Damon is strangely quite angry about this; as if he should be surprised the studio wants to continue milking a multi-million dollar franchise for as long as they can.

Either way, Damon had this to say to Empire Magazine about learning of Universal’s new plans:

"I read online [that] they are doing another Jason Bourne movie with Tony Gilroy (writer of all three Bourne films) directing that I'm not in.  No one told me, literally nobody called me. People think I have inside information, but you can get a sense of where I am in the pecking order.” 

He’s so annoyed that they didn’t give him the chance to, I don’t know, talk them out of making the film, that he’s considering doing his own Bourne film, without backing from Universal.

He said, "I'd do it again with Paul [Greengrass] (who directed Damon in the last two Bourne films, as well as Green Zone.)  Universal doesn't actually own the Bourne character - the estate does - so technically I could go to Warner Bros... and Universal could read about it online." 

Ouch, burn.  “Ey, Universal!  You read abaaahdit online!”

I imagine it would go something like that. 

Anyhow, even though Damon is irked about not being informed of The Bourne Legacy, he’s pleased that Universal and Gilroy don’t plan on using Jason Bourne himself as a character in the film, since it will give him an opportunity to swallow his pride and return to the franchise when he’s good and ready. 

Which begs the question: if he didn’t want to do it in the first place, and Universal is not recasting his part, why is Damon so bothered that a studio that has no responsibility to inform him of their plans, failed to do so?  Seems a little presumptuous, Mister.  Oh well, Damon was great in True Grit, so I think I can let this little hissy fit slide; I mean, I’m sure he’s got his reasons, right?

Reader Comments (5)

Maybe it's that Universal took him at the rumor word that he didn't want to go back and revisit Bourne (I use "rumor" with a grain of salt, because Damon himself said he didn't). But it sounds like he didn't outright reject the offer from Universal, so maybe he's just a bit butt-hurt that they didn't offer him the role?

Sunday, January 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterJosh Baldwin

I think the project on a whole is very up in the air, and that if Damon changes his mind, they're going to re-purpose the entire thing to feature him. I suppose he's upset they're not trying harder to lure him, but it's a bit catty of him to do an interview calling them out.

Sunday, January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCristen Brinkerhoff

MATT DAMON!!!! <----- In my best Team America puppet voice

Monday, January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrix

"with films like Hereafter and True Grit out this year" Make that last year.

Monday, January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMM

To 'MM': Those two movies both came out within the last month. Crawl back into your parents’ basement and hook yourself back up to that IV of liquidated hot-pockets, you punctilious nerd.

Brinkerhoff - kudos, yet again, for delivering a healthy marriage between steadfast humor and coherent synthesis.

Monday, January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew The Troll Conqueror

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