Next week marks the return of Matt Damon as the forgetful assassin named David Webb, although everyone knows him better as Jason Bourne. Though the actor and director Paul Greengrass appeared to be done with the franchise for good after The Bourne Ultimatum, the lackluster spin-off The Bourne Legacy had Universal clamoring to get them both back in an effort to keep the franchise alive. But since it’s been nearly 10 years since the last movie starring Matt Damon hit theaters, you might need a refresher on everything that’s happened since the whole franchise started.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Bourne Ultimatum was like a fairy tale ending. The film seemingly tied up every loose end in the saga of amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne in the most satisfying way possible. It was a box office smash and a critical success. It won three Academy Awards. It didn’t matter that star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass said they were officially retired from the Bourne business. We had three excellent movies and everyone went home happy.
But things change. The lingering creatives make ill-fated spin-offs like The Bourne Legacy. Actors and directors decide that maybe, just maybe, they should return to their most popular character after all. And then the heads of major movie studios make it clear that they’d like to see more Jason Bourne movies as long as Damon and Greengrass draw breath.
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In 1991, Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $15 million to star in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a movie where he only speaks 700 worlds in 137 minutes. That’s roughly $21,429 per word. Earlier this year, everyone slowly realized that Henry Cavill’s Superman had very little to say in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though his character’s name was in the title. He only has 43 lines of dialogue in the whole movie.
So the news that Matt Damon apparently only speaks about 25 lines of dialogue in the upcoming Jason Bourne isn’t completely out of the ordinary. Heroes who speak little and let their actions do the talking for them have been staples ever since Clint Eastwood put on a cowboy hat and squinted his eyes at the desert heat. So just go ahead and consider this your cool trivia of the day.
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Later this month, we’ll see Matt Damon return to the franchise that made him an action star with Jason Bourne. It’s the fourth installment of the franchise that started back in 2002 with The Bourne Identity, and its existence is a bit of a surprise since both Damon and director Paul Greengrass resisted returning to the Bourne universe for so long. Therefore, it might be hard to get another movie with Damon as Bourne off the ground. But could Damon end up leading another franchise, perhaps as a superhero? A Matt Damon superhero movie is a possibility, but with one very specific condition. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Studios may hope for “endless” franchises, but the faces of those franchises have an unfortunate habit of aging out or moving on. So the Han Solo torch gets passed from Harrison Ford to Alden Ehrenreich, the Rocky franchise turns into the Creed franchise, and James Bond continues to spark rumor after rumor about who could replace Daniel Craig.
And Matt Damon, who returns as everyone’s favorite amnesiac spy this month in Jason Bourne, has made his peace with that inevitable fate. Damon acknowledged the likelihood that he’ll be replaced someday by a younger actor as Bourne, and told press that while he’s “very excited” to reprise his role this time, he’s “totally fine” with the role getting recast eventually. Read More »
The summer of sequels is coming to an end later this month with Star Trek Beyond and Jason Bourne arriving late this month. However, we could probably call Suicide Squad as much of a sequel as it is a spin-off to start a new franchise, so maybe it’s coming to an end at the beginning of August. Anyway, closing out July will be the return of Matt Damon as the covert operative with the worst memory ever, and three new Jason Bourne clips give us a taste of what’s in store for the Treadstone assassin this time. Read More »
What would you do if a stranger handed you a phone, and someone on the other end of the call tasked you with completing a mysterious task? That’s exactly what Matt Damon set out to do with a prank set up as part of a new Omaze charity campaign in conjunction with this summer’s release of Jason Bourne.
Unsuspecting people were going about their day when they’re handed a phone and told the call was for them. On the other end of the call is Matt Damon, who has a vital task for them to carry out. The reactions some of these people have to this movie scenario are hilarious while some are eerily casual about the whole ordeal. Watch the Matt Damon prank play out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
This weekend marks the premiere of Pixar’s Finding Dory, a heartwarmer about a friendly fish who sets out to rediscover her forgotten past. But if you prefer your amnesiac heroes a little grittier and angrier, just wait a few more weeks for the opening of Jason Bourne, which brings back Matt Damon as the super-skilled spy. Twelve years have passed since the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, but that hiatus doesn’t seem to have mellowed him out one bit. If anything, the new Jason Bourne spot suggests, he’s only gotten more intense.
To be fair, Jason Bourne has plenty of reason to be upset. In the latest preview, Jason Bourne yells some spoiler-y stuff about the motives that got him into this whole mess to begin with, which may or may not turn out to have been built on lies.
Returning with Damon to the franchise is Paul Greengrass, who helmed the second and third Bourne movies, and Julia Stiles, who starred opposite Damon in earlier installments. Newcomers to the series include Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Ato Essandoh, and Vincent Cassel. Watch the Jason Bourne spot below. Read More »
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We haven’t seen Matt Damon play Jason Bourne in almost nine years, but time doesn’t seem to have slowed him down, based on the trailers and featurettes we’ve seen for director Paul Greengrass‘ Jason Bourne. Whether Damon would return to arguably his most famous role was a question mark for many years, but after Greengrass had committed to the sequel, the actor signed up.
The plot details for the latest Bourne adventure have been slightly vague, but the newest Jason Bourne TV spot pretty much comes right out and says what the film is about. Below, watch the new Jason Bourne TV spot.
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It doesn’t feel like it’s been 14 years since Matt Damon hit the big screen as Jason Bourne in the action thriller The Bourne Identity. For Matt Damon, his journey with the character began a couple years earlier since production on the franchise, based on a series of books by Robert Ludlum, began in 2000. Now Bourne is being called back into action in a world that is tearing itself apart.
In a new Jason Bourne featurette, Matt Damon says he’s always been asked when the next Jason Bourne movie would happen, even after he seemingly completed his turn as the character with The Bourne Ultimatum back in 2007. Now we get to see how Jason Bourne coped with the answers he received about his past across three movies, but there are still secrets he doesn’t know. Watch the Jason Bourne featurette below. Read More »