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Matt Damon says he's Bourne again, with Paul Greengrass directing, in 2016

Looks like the rumors were true: Matt Damon says he will be back on screen as Jason Bourne.

“It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out,” Damon told E! Friday. “Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.”
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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, like Elysium, also failing to catch fire (or Oscar buzz), a reunion seemed to be in everyone’s best interests—and maybe sooner rather than later.

Damon and Greengrass are kindred spirits, with a similar artistic and political outlook that’s been on display in their two Bourne films and Green Zone, the 2010 action movie that poked the Bush Administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. Greengrass, a former TV journalist, directed Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips last year, and had been contemplating tackling a Martin Luther King biopic. But Damon and Bourne seem to be calling now, and Universal is ready to slot their next adventure together into summer 2016.

Directors and actors have a mystical way of finding each other, and when something clicks, they often seek that comfort zone again and again. The most frequently cited example of an actor and director who’ve repeatedly brought out the best in each other are Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, who collaborated on eight films, beginning with 1973’s Mean Streets. Frequently, such relationships are between peers of the same generation, with the actor becoming the director’s on-screen stand-in. Other times, an older director takes an actor under his or her wing, as either an apprentice or a muse. (Think Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson.)

But who are the most compelling actor/director pairings working today? Whose films become immediate must-sees when their names line up on the same movie poster? EW ranked the 20 most interesting and exciting actor/director collaborators today, with Damon and Greengrass in the mix. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon on returning to 'Bourne' series: 'I've always been open to it' -- VIDEO

Jason Bourne fans, have your sequel ideas out and ready.

Over the weekend, Matt Damon went on CNBC, where he was asked if he’d ever return to the Bourne series. “I’ve always been open to if, if Paul Greengrass is the director,” Damon answered. Greengrass directed both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and Damon has said in the past that he’ll only return to the series if Greengrass is involved. “We’ve just never been able to come up with a story,” continued Damon. He went on to encourage viewers to call up Universal with their ideas.

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Matt Damon on (maybe) returning to 'Bourne' and playing Liberace's lover in 'Behind the Candelabra'

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When HBO airs Behind the Candelabra on May 26, the world will get to see Matt Damon play Liberace’s drug-addled, surgically enhanced lover — a role about as far from Jason Bourne as it gets.

But Damon, who sat down with costar Michael Douglas to talk with EW for this week’s cover story, says he isn’t ruling out a return to his blockbuster spy franchise despite the fact that he handed the reins over to Jeremy Renner in last year’s The Bourne Legacy. That movie rebooted the series by introducing the idea of a world with multiple Bourne-style secret agents — which means the original Jason Bourne could still be out there somewhere.

Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first one and the second one, came up with an idea: I think they look at it as kind of the reverse of X-Men,” says Damon, who opted not to sign on for a fourth film because he and director Paul Greengrass “couldn’t figure out” a script. “Whereas with X-Men, you get a giant bunch of superheroes and then do the Wolverine spinoff, I think Tony pitched it as, ‘OK, we started with the Wolverine spinoff. Now let’s try to make the X-Men. So I’ll create all these other programs, and you can have your evergreen that way. There’ll be other agents.'”

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'The Bourne Legacy' clip: Jeremy Renner always lands on his feet -- VIDEO

What would a Bourne movie be without a scene of a confused, manipulated assassin flying across roof tops in a foreign country killing bad guys? Not much of one at all, if you ask me. The creators of The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment of Universal’s movie franchise based on the Robert Ludlum novels, apparently agree.

In the latest footage from the new sidequel — which hits theaters Aug. 10 – Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross channels his inner Jason Bourne as he parkours his way across the tops of Manila’s slum shacks in an effort to shake a team of SWAT officers hot on his tail.

Check out the clip below to see Renner in action and also to witness just how he saves Rachel Weisz’s character, who has gotten herself caught in a bit of a pickle.

Hint: it involves Renner disposing of a cop much like this guy treats unsuspecting empty cans of cheap American beer…

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