Matt Damon Rumored to Return for BOURNE 5 [UPDATED]

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UPDATE: Frank Marshall, longtime producer of the Jason Bourne films told Heat Vision that Matt Damon will not be returning to reprise his role in the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise.

Just a couple days ago we learned that Universal has pushed back the fifth Bourne movie one year from August 14, 2015 to July 15, 2016.

There were two reasons given –  first, N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was demanding a summer release date and second, a script rewritten by Andrew Baldwin wasn’t yet finalized.

The rumor mill instantly cranked up with story that Bourne 5: Chems (unofficial title) was delayed to bring back a busy star Matt Damon.

First, Chems was a major plot point in Jeremy Renner’s LegacyRachel Weisz was part of a supersoldier program that developed Chems to take guys like Renner and make them unstoppable.

Second, director Justin Lin managed to do the impossible and got Damon to return because Matt needs a box office hit after a string of his films such as Elysium, Promised Land, and Monuments Men failed to perform as expected.

Or studio wants to get the franchise back on track as The Bourne Legacy didn’t do as well as the past films?

Whatever the reason is, I would love to see him sharing the screen with Renner, who’s already set to star.

Check out the ending scene from The Bourne Ultimatum, which proves that the protagonist of the series, David Webb, is alive.

Sadly, it isn’t going to happen. The Bourne Legacy producer shot down the rumors and added that fifth film in the series will again focus on the character of Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner in the 2012 installment:

“[Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It’s a summer movie, and if we don’t start preproduction now, we can’t make next summer. Therefore, it’s a wise decision to move to 2016.”

Oh well, no Damon, no thanks.