Earlier today, a report surfaced that Matt Damon, who played Jason Bourne in Universal Pictures' action trilogy The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will reprise his popular role in the studio's sequel to The Bourne Legacy. Producer Frank Marshall has now debunked that report, stating that the decision to move the sequel from August 2015 to July 2016 was not because Matt Damon is coming back, but because the script is still not ready yet. Here's what the producer had to say in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that the story centers on Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner in 2012's The Bourne Legacy.
"It's simply not true. [Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, and if we don't start pre-production now, we can't make next summer. Therefore, it's a wise decision to move to 2016."
Matt Damon has stated many times in the past that the only way he will reprise his role as the amnesiatic spy Jason Bourne, is if The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass comes back to direct. He did reveal in an interview last month that he would come back as Jason Bourne if he and Paul Greengrass can find the right story to make.
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