The makers of the next Bourne film aren’t in any rush to tell us what it’s about, and released information is very sparse. Variety interviewed Matt Damon, who is returning to the franchise after Jeremy Renner’s disappointing outing.
“We’re, like, probably about halfway through. We started in September but they’re going dark for most of December and cutting basically the first two acts. And then we have the third act and then whatever we owe from the first two acts…We were in Tenerife, which is supposed to be Athens. It would be like a nighttime riot scene to kind of start the movie. And then England, Berlin a little bit for about a week, and a little bit in D.C. Then we’re going to Vegas for the third act… Big car chase on the strip”.
So at least we know the locations and one or two major sequences that will occur. So what about the story?
“You’ll find the character – like The Bourne Ultimatum, the third act actually in the movie dovetails with the third act of The Bourne Supremacy. So technically when the Bourne character disappears, it’s still 2004. So when this next one comes out in ’16, it will have been 12 years – in movie years – that the character as been off the grid. So what’s happened in those intervening years gives you a story”.
Which left me scratching my head until I realised that The Bourne Ultimatum took place in 2004, even though it came out in 2007, which is made clear by the ending of Supremacy appearing in the middle of Ultimatum. So even though it will have only been nine years since the last film with Jason Bourne came out in cinemas, 12 years will have passed within the narrative of the movie. Beyond that, the only other hint about the movie that Damon has divulged had him saying:
“It’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy.”
So we still don’t know very much, but the studio does like feeding us little dribs and drabs to whet our appetite. Despite my hatred of ‘shakycam’, I cannot deny that in all other respects the Bourne trilogy was a cracking trio of films and hopefully this return by Damon and Paul Greengrass to its world will be a worthy continuation of it.
Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassell and Ato Essandoh co-star, while Julia Stiles returns as Nicky. The intended release date is July 29th, 2016 [my birthday!]