Future Bourne movies
"Paul's a director that I'd follow to the ends of the earth," is all he'll say, "and it'd be tough to go ahead on this journey without him. I'm going to have to talk with him, and others, further before I make up my mind on that front."
The most exciting of the bunch looks like the planned remake of the John Wayne classic, True Grit, alongside Jeff Bridges, with the Coen brothers directing.
"Hey, what can I say," smiles Damon, "it's a good time to be alive."
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And after all the ups and downs, is Matt Damon happy? Or is there always a niggling doubt that it could all end tomorrow?
"I think I am happy," he finishes. "I don't worry the way I would have starting out, because I know a lot of the work I've done will stand to me. I'm not living by the box-office, and therefore I don't feel the pressure to deliver traditional hits all the time. I realise there's a business side to this, and I'm certainly keen for these movies to find an audience, but it's far more satisfying when those movies you're promoting are movies you'd happily go and see yourself.
"I think that's the key to it. Don't make movies you yourself wouldn't want to watch..."
Speaking about attending the weekend premiere, he said: “The experience was amazing, they were all there – Morgan, Clint and Matt.
"They are all so normal. We had drinks after the premiere with Matt and his wife. He asked about school and was particularly interested because he does charity work with children. He said he would like to visit, which would be fantastic for the school and Sutton Coldfield."
While it’s not impossible to imagine that Universal may go the route of Spider-man now that Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon have opted out of Bourne 4, that speculation is a bit premature. Despite Empire Online prognosticating on the future of the franchise, based on their interview with Damon, there are no solid plans yet at the studio.
Sources inside the company tell EW.com that they are currently looking at a few story lines and haven’t made a decision. Another source guesses that the studio will first try to hire an edgy young director that could lure Damon back into the fold. Should that not work, a reboot wouldn’t be a terrible idea. Said one studio source, "Bourne is one of our best and most important franchises. Whatever we do, we’re going to make sure we get it right."
You're keen to start directing at some point. What kind of script are you looking to do?
Make a little story, a little simple little human story. Good Will Hunting or something smaller like that. Nothing too tricky the first time round.