It was only a matter of time. You can’t dabble in the art end of cinema forever without having to come back to get that necessary commercial cred that allows you to wander off into entertainment eccentricity every once in a while. On the other end of the Tinseltown stick, you also can’t expect a franchise to survive after your replace the creative core (in this case, leading man and his preferred director) with slight if solid stand-ins. Such is the case with Universal Studios and the barely surviving Bourne series. The last film, the under-performing ‘The Bourne Legacy,’ featured Jeremy Renner as a Matt Damon replacement, a similarly styled super soldier who was supposed to make us forget all about the A-list steely man of action and his hand-held, shaky-cam loving guide, Paul Greengrass.
According to Film Drunk.com, the studio is less than satisfied with what Tony Gilroy did to the series and is looking to bring Matt – and his accompanying pile of money – back. They’re not quite ready to back up a dump truck filled with $50 million large ala Christian Bale and Warner’s proposed deal to have said actor repeat as the ‘Man of Steel 2”s Dark Knight, but they are apparently willing to walk some manner of vault up to his mansion and beg for his return. The hitch is Greengrass. Damon won’t do it without him. Already set this awards season with the Somali pirate drama ‘Captain Phillips’ (starring Tom Hanks) and linked to lots of other rumored projects, including a documentary on soccer and a script by Aaron Sorkin about the infamous Chicago Seven Trial, the famed filmmaker may not want to come back (though reports say he too is interested).
Of course, what this all boils down to is money. Moolah. Cold hard cash. Universal clearly believes that Damon and Greengrass can bring this water treading spy dynasty back to life – all they need is an agreement from the star and his director, and checks with a lot of zeroes before the decimal point. Neither will come cheap since they have both had some incredible success outside the Bourne films (Greengass with ‘United 93′ and ‘Green Zone,’ Damon with a wealth of recent titles). One thing’s for certain – we wouldn’t want to be Jeremy Renner right now. Even if his character, Aaron Cross, is brought back as a partner to our established hero, one thing is clear – someone at Universal is certain he can’t carry a second Bourne-less film by himself. How’s that for a vote of confidence?
Source: Film Drunk.com