Matt Damon Explains How Bourne 5 Links to the Previous Movies

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It goes without saying that the next Bourne movie will take place after the last ones. At the end of 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne went off the grid with his enemies assuming him dead. In 2016, he’ll be back, and Matt Damon recently talked about what’s happened in between.

You’ll find the character — like The Bourne Ultimatum, the third act actually in the movie dovetails with the third act of The Bourne Supremacy. So technically when the Bourne character disappears, it’s still 2004. So when this next one comes out in ’16, it will have been 12 years — in movie years — that the character has been off the grid. So what’s happened in those intervening years gives you a story.


So what does the story entail? We don’t know a lot, but Damon did tell Variety a bit about the opening of the film and where it goes from there (location-wise):

We [filmed] in Tenerife, which is supposed to be Athens. It would be like a nighttime riot scene to kind of start the movie. And then England, Berlin a little bit for about a week, and a little bit in D.C. Then we’re going to Vegas for the third act…Big car chase on the strip.


Filming is currently on hiatus for the holidays but the fifth Bourne film, directed by Paul Greengrass, is still on schedule for July 29.

[Variety, H/T Coming Soon]

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The best part about the Bourne trilogy to me is how well they hold up in light of the Edward Snowden leaks I think. If you watched those films without knowing anything about them, you would assume they came out after the Snowden leaks.

Ultimatum, which at the time seemed a bit too cynical and preachy, came out years before Snowden’s leaks revealed the full extent of the NSA’s domestic spying programs.

That and their score. Hopefully John Powell is back for this one as well.