Bourne Producer Says Matt Damon Will Definitely Not Be in Bourne 5

When news broke yesterday that the fifth installment of the Bourne series was pushed back to 2016, hopeful rumors arose—and quickly spread—that the delay might be in an effort to accommodate Matt Damon's schedule. Could it be? Our Bourne baby, back again as Jason Bourne? Bourne producer Frank Marshall says no.

Marshall told the Hollywood Reporter that the fifth installment will feature the Aaron Cross character played by Jeremy Renner in 2012's The Bourne Legacy, adding, about the Damon rumor:

"It's simply not true. [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."

Hmm. But did he have his fingers crossed? I think it's wise to continue thinking of the rumor as a "maybe" until we are sure that he didn't have his fingers crossed.

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