From the blog Michael Sragow Gets Reel:
Deadline.com, which has been leading everyone on the story of what happens to the Jason Bourne franchise, reports that Matt Damon won't return for entry #4, "The Bourne Legacy." But Deadline also reports that writer-director Tony Gilroy (left) and his cowriter-brother, Dan, are framing the story in a way that makes it possible for Damon to return as Jason Bourne if there's a #5. According to Deadline's Mike Fleming, Tony Gilroy is "creating new characters and will tell a different story about the parent company behind the murderous shadow government operation Treadstone, which brainwashed covert agents like Bourne and turned them into ruthless killers." Fleming wrote, "I'm told the new protagonist will be another agent and probably a killer who went through experiences similar to Bourne's or the character played by Clive Owen in the original Bourne. The plot accepts everything that has happened in the trilogy and factors it into the storyline." Gilroy has been critical of previous "Bourne" directors, but in one of the most positive statements Gilroy has ever made about the series, he said, "All the conspiratorial politics aside, these are very un-cynical, honest movies, and I don't know another actor who brings more integrity and dignity, and a lack of cynicism to his work than Matt.....'Ultimatum' exploded at the end with people arrested. We deal with that as a reality, it has ramifications that echo out into the larger world. And of course, Jason Bourne is still alive and out there in the world. I don't want to go beyond that, because the last thing I need is for every blogger to be second guessing." I say, readers: second-guess away!