The Bourne Ultimatum completed the Matt Damon spy trilogy of films, in name at least. Based on Robert Ludlum's Cold War novels, the Bourne series of films told a modern tale of an amnesiac who discovers he is a spy trained for a covert government operation. Ultimatum appeared to wrap up Jason Bourne's (Damon) search for his identity when he learned the truth of what led David Webb, his former self, to surrender his identity. Or did it?
"I just saw [producer] Frank Marshall, and we were talking about it," Damon said in a group interview today in Pasadena, Calif., where he was promoting his History Channel special The People Speak. "Then I've talked to [Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum director] Paul Greengrass quite a bit about that."
During press rounds for Ultimatum, Damon and Greengrass joked that a fourth film would have to be called The Bourne Redundancy, because the character has already found his identity. For his part, Damon says he's interested in reprising the action-hero role, but won't commit before confirming the quality of the script.
"Oh yeah, we won't do it unless it's good," Damon added. "Promise."
The literary world was able to continue the Bourne series even after Ludlum's death: Eric Van Lustbader wrote The Bourne Betrayal, The Bourne Deception, The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Sanction. "I didn't read those," Damon said.
Since a script is still a long way off, Damon has not had to hit the gym to get back into fighting shape. He will, when the time comes, if necessary, he said. "Not yet," he said. "None us have kind of seen [a script] yet, and Paul's still cutting a movie that we worked on, so we'll get together and talk about it."