It was reported earlier this week that Universal Pictures pushed the release date of director Justin Lin's Bourne 5 to July 15th, 2016. According to the initial report from THR, "the move was made so that the August 2014 date could be used for Straight Outta Compton, the upcoming film about the rise and fall of gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A."
Latino Review now has some intel that claims that report was given to throw people off what was really going on. A source very close to the production is telling the site that the real reason for the delay is because Matt Damon is coming back to reprise his role as Jason Bourne! How freakin' awesome is that!? This is a complete surprise, as Damon has said several times that he would only do it if Paul Greengrass was going to direct. This is one of the statements he made:
"I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director. We've just never been able to come up with a story. So if any of your viewers have a story, please call Universal and submit it. It felt like such a good way to end it the last time... But having said that, I love that character and I'd love to see what happened to him."
Apparently Lin, who is the director of the the Fast and Furious films, was able to talk him into coming back to the franchise. I'm so happy that he did, and I'm ecstatic that Damon may have actually had a change of heart.
This rumor is sure to be denied by studio reps, but El Mayimbe from Latino-Review says,
"Now with all due respect to Bourne's legendary producer Frank Marshall who is vocal and active on twitter, especially when it comes to debunking scoops, instead of denying my story I have a proposition. I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is and place a friendly bet with him that come July 15, 2016 we will see Matt Damon as Jason Bourne once again… I believe a source who never had a reason to bullshit me over the studio publicity machine any day of the week."
So there you go! It looks like Damon will be back to kick ass as Jason Bourne, and because of that, I'm actually really excited for this movie.