Matt Damon explains simplicity of ‘Jason Bourne’ title

Latest in Bourne franchise will be released in July

Matt Damon has discussed why the team behind his forthcoming return as former CIA operative Jason Bourne gave the film the simple title it has.

Damon will return in 2017 in Jason Bourne, the latest film in a franchise which has previously included The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Speaking to Empire at the Jameson Empire Awards, Damon admitted that “we talked about calling it The Bourne Something, but I think the idea was to separate this film from the others, because so much time has passed since we did one.”

“Ours are really about identity, and the guy’s search for identity, and at the end of the third one, he added. “‘I’m no longer Jason Bourne’. So without giving too much away, the new one starts with the implications of that: okay, then who is he? What is this identity that’s just sitting out there unclaimed? What does it mean? I think the title will make more sense when you see the movie, but it felt right because it felt pertinent to the story we were telling and also different from the others – in the right way. A decade has passed…”

The first trailer for the new Bourne premiered during the Super Bowl last month (February 7).

The film will be released on July 29 and features Matt Damon in the lead role alongside Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed. Paul Greengrass directs.

Jason Bourne marks the return of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne after nearly a decade away from the screen. The actor last played the secret agent in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum and sat out 2012’s Bourne Legacy, which instead starred Jeremy Renner and performed relatively poorly at the box office.

Damon recently said of the film: “Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world.” Jason Bourne is set for release on July 29 this year.