Matt Damon says Bourne return depends on script

Damon sat out last year's 'The Bourne Legacy', but says he would consider returning to the franchise

Matt Damon has confirmed that he is still open to idea of returning to the Bourne franchise.

Damon starred as amnesiac spy Jason Bourne in 2002’s The Bourne Identity and reprised the role for two sequels, 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy and 2007’s Bourne Ultimatum. However, he opted not to return for this year’s The Bourne Legacy, which instead centred on a character called Aaron Cross played by Jeremy Renner.

Speaking last October (2012), Damon claimed that it would be “really tough” for him to return to the franchise following events in Renner’s film. However, by December the actor seemed more open-minded, saying: “I’d love to figure out a way to make another one.”

In the past, Damon has always insisted that he will only make another Bourne movie if Paul Greengrass – who helmed Supremacy and Ultimatum – returns to the director’s chair. During a new interview with Collider, Damon confirmed that his return will depend on Greengrass and the quality of the script.

Damon explained: “If someone wrote a good script, I would consider revisiting it. I’m just tied to Paul Greengrass, so if they could ever figure out a story, I’d consider it. That’s why we didn’t do it the last time. They hadn’t cracked one for my character, so they did one with Jeremy [Renner].”

Meanwhile, Damon will next be seen in a Promised Land, a drama about the difficulties of drilling for oil and gas in a small American town, whose script he co-wrote. The film is due to open in UK cinemas on April 19, 2013 and you can watch the trailer below.