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.
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?