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O13 at Cannes day 4, but no Bourne 4
  • Photos from the Ocean's Thirteen photocall, press conference, premiere and post-premiere party are available at multiple sites, including yahoo, Wireimage, Inf, Popsugar (after party, premiere and photocall. More great pics are at Clooney Project. Lucy attended the after-party but not the premiere.

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  • Matt says he will not be in any future Bourne films, as reported at the Boston Herald. In December he was still undetermined but positive about future sequels, but that eight month filming schedule must have taken its toll.

    But Damon, who this summer bids farewell not just to Linus, the "Ocean's" burglar, but amnesiac Jason Bourne as well, kept his options open, saying he was "more sad" that he might not get to do another flick with the "Ocean's" posse.

    "The Bourne thing I’m definitely done with," he added. "We've ridden that horse as much as we can. Outside of feeling like a prostitute for putting out two No. 3s in one year..."

    "Better than three No. 2s," Clooney instantly noted to laughter.

    Damon agreed. But does his vow to not be Bourne again mean that Jason dies?

    "I'm not going to say. I could just not do them anymore," Damon said, adding that "the character lives on in the books," so another actor could be born as Bourne.

  • Matt has confirmed to Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail that he will definitely be cast in Paul Greengrass' upcoming Iraq film, set to commence in February 2008.

    Matt Damon told me he has agreed to star in Paul Greengrass's movie about the chaos in Iraq.

    The actor and director have been doing final post-production work on The Bourne Ultimatum and they clearly enjoy working together.

    Greengrass, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his extraordinary work on United 93, will begin shooting a picture based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran's non-fiction book Imperial Life In The Emerald City, which explored the Americans' calamitous efforts to set up a provisional government in Baghdad, with people being hired more for their loyalty to President Bush than their qualifications.

    "Paul's still working on The Bourne Ultimatum and the script for Emerald City isn't complete - but I think the idea is for a farcical tragedy," the actor said when we met at the Hotel du Cap.

    Although the film will be based on Chandrasekaran's real-life accounts, Matt told me the character he would play would be fictional.

    "They're creating someone for me to play based on several people - a sort of composite," he explained.

    Filming on the movie, being produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from London's Working Title studio, begins in February.
  • 15 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I was so sad when I read about Matt's decision no to continue on as Bourne (see: http://www.thenewsroom.com/details/336860/Entertainment?c_id=kc ). Sure, another actor could take over, but no one can fill Matt's shoes in that role!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sad!

    It's pretty surprising Matt would say he didn't want to participate again quite so strongly (as quoted in today's update). It seems like he is bored with the character, but it must be more than that. However, the reason definitely isn't Greengrass, if he's already planning to take part in the Emerald City project.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bad Decision

    Bourne could have been transformed into an even deeper character and pointed in different directions, balancing the inner struggle with outward-leading plot lines not involving personal angst. I hope Matt remembers where his career was pre-Bourne and prior to the jovial starshine of the Ocean family in which Matt is seen as a peer to Brad, George, etc., and benefits greatly from that association. Matt is a fine actor, but his judgment on roles he accepts is sometimes wanting. Without the flash and glory of Bourne and Ocean covers, I worry a little for the smart kid from Harvard. As the pundits say, "In Hollywood, you're only as good as your last picture." And your last box office numbers. Then again, maybe, as they say in New Yawk, he was "jus' sayin'."
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bad Decision

    We don't know the facts and I shouldn't have speculated. It's Matt's decision, and I'm sure he has done it for the right reasons. End of story.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bad Decision

    To anonymous:

    Interesting, thoughtful comments. I enjoyed reading your views. We'll have to see what happens.

    I'm speculating that Jason Bourne dies at the end of this movie and that's why Matt is sure that he will not continue the role.

    It will be interesting to see what career decisions Matt makes in the near future.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The fate of Jason Bourne

    Will they kill off Jason Bourne in the movie is an interesting question. The characters and plots have wandered so far from the novels that what happened in Ludlum's books doesn't really matter. Although Matt points out that Jason lives in the books, so did Marie, yet her death in the second movie drove much of its plot. Therefore, we can't rely on the director/writers remaining faithful to the original books to predict what will happen. From a fannish view, would any action movie be VERY popular if the hero is killed off? Would it rake in as much money with a downer of an ending? Not by my standards. Even if Jason's death was a "heroic" one, where he dies so that others may live (Nicki?), or some variation on that theme, I'd be pretty damn mad! I don't care if the Bourne identity can live again with another actor, that's not what I want to have happen. But how do you end this series if Jason doesn't die? Well, they had a terrific ending without killing Jason last time - let's hope they can do it again! -- Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The fate of Jason Bourne

    They won't kill Jason Bourne. Universal will always leave open the possibility of more movies in the future, and it doesn't make financial sense to kill off a popular character.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 25th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I've just seen the video of the press conference, and journalists have left out a couple of words on Matt and Bourne. The video is available at yahoo.

    After Matt says: "I'm definitely done with that, though." (laughs) "And that's coming out in a few months and it's terrific, but I think we've ridden this horse about as far as we can."

    He's not knocking Ultimatum, which some have implied.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I never thought he was knocking Ultimatum. Matt would never knock one of his own films before it is even released. My God, he just put 8 months of his life into it!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    I was referring to comments at other sites, blogs.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    My feeling is that when we look back in 10 years time, the Bourne series will be better for being just a trilogy. I can't imagine Matt or Greengrass wanting to keep the franchise going just to make money (I'm sure the studios do) and any movie without Matt I am sure would not do well. Always leave the audience wanting more I think.

    I have this funny little suspicion though that it could be turned into a TV series....

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    Replying to myself....I mean a TV series but not with Matt! Jan

    Oh and he looks great in the tux!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nice Pics! Matt does look good in a Tux agree with that.. (But he looks good in owt!) Lucy looks beautiful - as ever, shes pretty.
    Thanks for the information about Bourne etc..
    and i'm pleased about the new project with Paul Greengrass, shows they get along so well and enjoy working together.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oh & also, they will not Kill Jason Bourne off.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 10th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    There's a possibility for a pt 4

    here u go guys just to update it for u guys......

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