A brand new instalment of the Jason Bourne screen saga is reportedly in the works, according to Deadline.
While the studio itself has yet to officially comment, inside sources reveal that All Quiet On The Western Front director Edward Berger is currently in negotiations to helm the Universal Pictures project.
“If a deal closes, Berger would be the only attachment at this time with no other talent on board,” noted Justin Kroll of Deadline.
“But insiders add that Matt Damon, who starred as Bourne in four of the five films, would be first approached to return in the iconic role once a script is finished.”
Kroll added: “As always, everything has to be executed perfectly for Damon to even consider coming back to the franchise and that starts with a great script and story and so as of right now no commitment from him until all of that is in place.”
Based on the novels penned by Robert Ludlum — and centred around the titular amnesiac of a CIA assassin/Treadstone operative portrayed by Matt Damon — the franchise has produced a total of five films:
- The Bourne Identity (2002)
- The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
- The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
- The Bourne Legacy (2012)
- Jason Bourne (2016)
The fourth entry was something of a spin-off starring Jeremy Renner as Private First Class Kenneth James Kitsom/Aaron Cross (Agent #5 of Operation Outcome).
To date, the collective box office gross hovers around the $2 billion benchmark. Stay tuned for potential updates on the new Jason Bourne movie.