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Most thrillers keep the suspense on-screen, but the Bourne franchise now has edge-of-your-seat action behind-the-scenes too. News that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass would return to Universal to make the fourth Jason Bourne film has been the biggest surprise of the week so far. But that’s just the beginning.

Greengrass didn’t have the most pleasant split from the franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum, despite it being the most successful film of the franchise. Damon said he’d only play Bourne again if Greengrass returned, and that didn’t seem like a very likely option. Now they may both be back for Bourne 5, putting the planned 2016 sequel to Jeremy Renner‘s The Bourne Legacy in question.

But hold up — things aren’t quite so set on either front just yet, suggests producer Frank Marshall. There’s no deal for Greengrass yet, and in the meantime development on the Renner sequel is still moving forward. “We’re on two tracks,” he says. Read More »

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Shocking news in the world of Bourne: reports say Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are making deals to return for their third Jason Bourne film together. (This new one would be the fifth overall film in the series.) The film would take the Summer 2016 release date that was already in place for The Bourne Legacy sequel, which was set to be directed by Justin Lin and star Jeremy Renner. Read more about the Matt Damon Bourne 5 news below. Read More »

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Matt Damon is about to shoot The Martian with director Ridley Scott, and now he’s got a follow-up project set. Damon worked with Kenneth Lonergan on Margaret (above) and now the two are going to reunite for the Lonergan-scripted Manchester-by-the-SeaRead More »

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Back in March, news broke that an untitled Ridley Scott film would open in March 2016. Rumors quickly suggested that film would be Prometheus 2, especially since the script for that was reportedly done. Well, the movie in that slot has now been moved up, to November 25, 2015. And it’s not Prometheus 2. It’s better. It’s Scott’s adaptation of the Andy Weir book The Martian, with Matt Damon reportedly set to star. Read More »

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon got their break with Good Will Hunting, and won their first major acclaim when their screenplay for that film took home the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1998. A couple years later, the two produced the HBO show Project Greenlight, in which aspiring writers and directors competed to create a feature film.

The contest and the show return this year, and Affleck and Damon appear in a short promo for the show, where they outline the new contest specs. Even if you don’t have much interest in the show, the gentle banter between the two makes the promo an entertaining watch. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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UPDATE: Producer Frank Marshall has issued a straightforward denial that Matt Damon will be back for Bourne 5. More info below after the original story text.

Universal didn’t offer an official explanation when it announced this week that Bourne 5 had been pushed back a year to 2016. But the rumor mill, as usual, is happy to fill in the blanks.

The latest (unconfirmed) word is that Bourne 5 was delayed to accommodate a busy star. No, not Jeremy Renner. Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more on Damon’s possible return.

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Ridley Scott is going back to space, and not only with Prometheus 2. The producer/director is now set to direct The Martian, which is described as “an outer space adventure project” that is “in the vein of Cast Away and Apollo 13.” While those films starred Tom Hanks, this film will have Matt Damon in the lead role — and, in fact, the title role. Get more details on Ridley Scott’s The Martian below. Read More »

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For years, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been trying to make a movie about a ’70s sex scandal involving two Yankees pitchers. Development has been slow going, and the film has been threatened with a lawsuit by one of its real-life subjects. But now The Trade is finally moving forward again, under new director Jay Roach.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that while Affleck and Damon are still producing, they’re no longer starring as originally planned. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this salacious project.

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