Monday, April 15, 2024

Matt Damon is “Bourne” Free: He Told Us Last December


It should come as no surprise that Matt Damon is not doing another “Bourne” movie.

He told me last December during the premiere of “Green Zone” that he would not do a “Bourne” movie without director Paul Greengrass.

Even then, last December, Greengrass was already out of the picture. I guess Damon thought if he stood his ground, Universal would give in. But there was already a rumor that the studio had commissioned a different script. Apparently that script is by director Tony Gilroy and his brother Dan, who is also married to actress Renee Russo.

Don’t blame the Gilroys. They’re just doing their jobs. But do question why stories are now coming out showing “surprise” that this was the outcome. This was decided last December, dear readers. News must travel slow in some parts.

This may be a blessing in disguise for Damon. He’s meant to win an acting Oscar. He’s that good. It’s time to hunker down and do the serious films. He was, er, ‘bourne’ to run.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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