After years of waiting, Jason Bourne fans finally got the news they wanted last year, when Universal Pictures confirmed that both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are reuniting for a new Bourne Sequel. Production is currently under way, but Matt Damon took some time out from filming to promote his new sci-fi drama The Martian, arriving in theaters October 2. During an interview with New York Daily News, the actor offered some new plot details that reveal how this story came together.
"[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn't mean he knows everything. It's 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where's he been? What's he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie."
When the movie debuts next year, it will have been nine years since Bourne got his memory back in 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. It isn't known if there is any significance to the actor revealing that it's been "12 years" since Bourne was "on the grid," but it's possible this sequel is set a few years after 2016. It's also possible that he was referring to the first movie, 2002's The Bourne Identity, but it's been 13 years since that hit theaters.
Matt Damon will be joined by Julia Stiles, reprising her role as Nicky Parsons from the original Bourne trilogy, along with new casting additions Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassel portraying the villain. Matt Damon revealed last month that the story is set in a "post-Snowden world," with the plot taking place in a "austerity-riddled Europe," with production also taking place in Greece before the shoot wraps in Las Vegas. The main themes of this plot will revolve around spying on the public, civil liberties and democracy in general.
Paul Greengrass is directing the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Rouse, who produced the director's last two films, Green Zone and Captain Phillips. Frank Marshall and Jeffrey M. Weiner are producing, with Universal Pictures already setting a July 29, 2016 release date. What do you think about these new details? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more on the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel as production continues.