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Jeremy Renner unlikely to stand in for Matt Damon in any future Bourne sequels

on November 30, 2016, 10:58am

It’s a sad day for Jeremy Renner. Kind of.

Although there’s long been talk of another chapter for his Aaron Cross character from 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, even hints of a crossover film with Matt Damon’s own Jason Bourne, producer Frank Marshall has shot that idea down and tossed it overboard to let it drift out into sea.

“That story is still out there as well but it’s not… we’re not talking about it,” Marshall confirmed to Yahoo Movies UK.

But don’t worry, despite this past summer’s Jason Bourne being the worst of the series — a dilapidated, lifeless remake of The Bourne Supremacy, and a minor blemish on director Paul Greengrass’ otherwise spotless resume — the film did manage to gross over $400 million worldwide. In other words, there’s bound to be another goddamn sequel — and Marshall insists upon that.

“I have spoken to [Greengrass and Damon],” he said. “Obviously they’re very pleased with how the movie turned out. It’s really about the story, just like on this one, everyone said ‘if you come to us with a good story, we’ll think about it.’ So right now, we’re taking a pause and then we’re going to dive back in and try to find a story. We did leave it wide open at the end of the movie to continue on in Bourne’s world so we’ll see what we can come up with.”

Why is that bolded? Well, here’s a prophetic snippet of my review from this past July:

“There’s just not a lot of weight to this sequel, at least not enough to dissuade anyone from seeing this as anything but a limpid cash grab. It’s funny; at one point, Vikander pleads to Damon that he doesn’t have to do this, that he has a choice, that he can walk away. By now, anyone with half a brain in box office logic knows that’s just not the case and that Bourne must run and gun forever — as Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley explicitly stated last week. Strangely enough, that blockbuster greed has eerily bled into the actual story, crumpling any expectations that audiences might hold for their would-be dicey hero. Because, really, those extreme ways of his will always be back.”

Get some rest, Frank. You look tired…

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