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Bourne Franchise Getting the Spidey Treatment?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 1, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 1, 2010 |

According to Matt Damon himself, in a red-carpet interview with Empire Magazine (who said those things never generate news? Oh, me? Fuck), the Goon Squad over at Universal doesn’t know what the hell they’re doing with the Bourne franchise anymore — the hookers need more blow, and somebody’s got to making the green. After Paul Greengrass left the project, and after Matt Damon vowed not to work with another director, what’s a studio to do with a cash cow that’s bursting at the udders?

Buy another cow, apparently, And then slaughter the goddamn heifer.

The bad news: Damon thinks that Universal is “probably” planning a Bourne reboot slash prequel with a different actor and a different director. The good news: A Bourne IV may come afterwards, which is not the worst idea in the world. Maybe.

“There’ll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one,” [Damon] said, “just because I think we’re probably another five years away from doing it - we’ve got to get a script…”

Maybe it does make sense — if there’s a five-year gap, might as well slot something in between, so long as the prequel doesn’t ruin the franchise before a Bourne IV comes along. The problem, I think, is that Damon is frustrated because there’s not a good Bourne IV script, so why the hell does anyone think they can come up with a good prequel script in the meantime. Hey! Instead of plowing cash into a prequel script, why not just plow it into a Bourne IV script? And everyone can plow Matt Damon in the meantime.

But then again, as Empire points out: It could present an interesting dynamic. The prequel will show what a villainous bad-ass Damon was before his accident, which could present an interesting contrast with what Bourne has become. An older, wiser bad-ass.

Or maybe they should just end the franchise where it’s at. Top to bottom, it’s my favorite action trilogy — there’s no point in ruining it. Fourth movies are never good, anyway (go ahead: Name one).

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