Matt Damon has expressed a desire to return to the Bourne franchise after talking briefly with Deadline.
The actor revealed that he had approached Dark Knight scribe Jonathan Nolan to come up with a plausible story for both his return and direct Paul Greengrass.
“I quietly went to Jonah Nolan, because he and his brother Chris did such a brilliant job on Batman and that whole mythology,” Damon said. “I just said, can you put your brain on this? I can’t figure it out. And he took a run at it and he couldn’t crack it either. Paul and I have been talking about it for years. And we can’t quite see what the movie would be.”
The actor went on to add that he and Greengrass aren’t opposed to coming back, but that it comes down to making it worthwhile.
“Neither of us is against it,” he continued. “I would love to do another one. I love that character. To me, the reason to make that movie is because people want to see it. Paul and I have said that to each other. We don’t take for granted the fact that we’ve built an audience for Bourne, that’s a real privilege. But our part of that bargain is that the movie is good and belongs with the other three. Until we can deliver that, we just can’t make it.”
The Matt Damon-less fourth entry in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, recently made $275 million at the box office, but against a budget of $125 million.