‘Bourne’ producer: ‘No plans for Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner to appear together’

Matt Damon is returning for the fifth 'Bourne' film, due out next year (2016)

The producer of the Bourne franchise, Frank Marshall, has insisted there are no plans for Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner to appear together in the same film.

Earlier this month (January), Universal gave the fifth Bourne film – which is currently untitled – a release date of July 29, 2016. The film will mark the return of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne after nearly a decade away from the screen. The actor sat out 2012’s Bourne Legacy, which instead starred Renner and performed relatively disappointingly at the box office.

Asked whether there are plans for Damon’s Bourne and Renner’s character Aaron Cross to meet and appear in a film together, Marshall told Collider: “We don’t have plans for that. You never know. I never say never. But that’s not the plan. They’re on separate tracks.”

However, Marshall insisted that Renner still has a place in the franchise and could appear in a future film.

Director Paul Greengrass, who was behind the camera for the second and third Bourne films, is also returning for the fifth instalment. For the first time, Greengrass and Damon will be writing the screenplay themselves, alongside Christopher Rouse, who served as editor on the second and third Bourne films.

Plot details are currently unknown and there is no word yet on whether any of Damon’s previous Bourne co-stars – who include Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn and Albert Finney – will be returning too.