Yesterday, we reported the exciting news that Universal Pictures is in talks with star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to return for a new Jason Bourne movie, seven years after their initial trilogy came to a close in 2007 with The Bourne Ultimatum. That report revealed the studio is also still moving forward with the Untitled Sequel to 2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, but the project is still in development.
While Universal Pictures isn't commenting on this new Jason Bourne adventure, Frank Marshall, who has produced all of the Bourne movies, confirmed that, since no deals have been finalized with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, the plan is to develop both movies simultaneously.
"We're on two tracks. And if this one [with Damon and Greengrass] comes together, great, but they're still just talking."
"That movie is moving forward. It's still in development. We're working to get a script as soon as possible."
It's unclear at this time if Paul Greengrass will write the script for the Jason Bourne adventure, since 20th Century Fox is still trying to decide whether or not to give the green light for his new project The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which has Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. There is speculation that Paul Greengrass' camp may be using the Bourne movie to force the studio's hand into greenlighting The Ballad of Richard Jewell, or at the very least, have them come to a decision sooner. Paul Greengrass and longtime editor Christopher Rouse have settled on a concept that would bring Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne, but no story details were given.
Matt Damon's last Jason Bourne adventure, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, was a critical and commercial hit, taking in $443 million worldwide. 2012's The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner as Treadstone agent Aaron Cross, opened to solid reviews, but only earned $276 million worldwide.
Justin Lin is attached to direct The Bourne Legacy sequel, which Andrew Baldwin signed on to write back in May. There have been many fans who have expressed interest in Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross appearing in the same movie, but, as of now, it seems both the flagship franchise and its spin-off are on two separate paths.