Matt Damon Talks ‘Jason Bourne’ | Film News


Putting aside The Bourne Legacy, the Bourne franchise is a beloved one. Beginning back in 2002 with The Bourne Identity, it offered an alternative spy appeal to that of Bond; one that hung up the tired tuxedos and quirky gadgets and instead rooted itself in an urban landscape and opened the book titled ‘101 ways to kill a man with a pen’.


Matt Damon‘s adventures as the amnesiac assassin meant that when the news broke he was returning for a fourth, everyone turned their heads. We got our first look at Jason Bourne in a teaser released at the Superbowl but details were scant. But Damon has now spoken a bit more about the upcoming project at the Empire Awards, claiming that Jason Bourne comes from a different angle from the previous films:


Ours [films] are really about identity, and the guy’s search for identity, and at the end of the third one, he says ‘I’m no longer Jason Bourne’. So without giving too much away, the new one starts with the implications of that: okay, then who is he? What is this identity that’s just sitting out there unclaimed? What does it mean?


And what about the title? IdentitySupremacyUltimatumLegacyJason Bourne? Why not ‘ascendancy’ or some other fancy name?


We talked about calling it The Bourne Something, but I think the idea was to separate this film from the others, because so much time has passed since we did one. I think the title will make more sense when you see the movie, but it felt right because it felt pertinent to the story we were telling and also different from the others – in the right way.


Damon has previously mentioned that Jason Bourne (nope, still doesn’t sound right) is firmly rooted in the present age, reflecting the collective social mentality which has emerged from the recent financial crises and the Snowden Scandal. However, don’t expect this to be a quiet espionage thriller, because by the look of the trailer Bourne is due to experience a few explosions (when he’s not impersonating Tyler Durden that is).


Jason Bourne stars Matt Damon as the legendary assassin and Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones and Riz Ahmed form an A-list cast which is bound to astonish when it hits the U.K. cinemas on July 28. See the teaser below.




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