CATEGORIES Movie News
'Hannibal Rising.' 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.' 'Dumb and Dumberer.' All prequels to popular films, all starring completely new casts members in familiar roles, all critically panned. And now it looks like we might be adding another character to the list of prequel infamy: Jason Bourne.

According to British film magazine Empire, no less an authority than Matt Damon himself dropped the bombshell during a red carpet interview for the London premiere of 'Invictus.' When asked what the status of a possible fourth 'Bourne' film, the Oscar nominee told them that while he and director Paul Greengrass were still planning their next collaboration, Universal may be pushing out a prequel in the meantime -- starring a different actor as Bourne.

'Hannibal Rising.' 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.' 'Dumb and Dumberer.' All prequels to popular films, all starring completely new casts members in familiar roles, all critically panned. And now it looks like we might be adding another character to the list of prequel infamy: Jason Bourne.

According to British film magazine Empire, no less an authority than Matt Damon himself dropped the bombshell during a red carpet interview for the London premiere of 'Invictus.' When asked what the status of a possible fourth 'Bourne' film, the Oscar nominee told them that while he and director Paul Greengrass were still planning their next collaboration, Universal may be pushing out a prequel in the meantime -- starring a different actor as Bourne.

"There'll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one, just because I think we're probably another five years away from doing it," he told Empire, adding, "we've got to get a script."

While a script is certainly one of the more important elements of making a feature film, having a bankable star and a proven director are also key ingredients to maintaining a successful franchise like the 'Bourne' series, which has improved its box office tally with each successive film. So while not all prequels are failure -- 'The Godfather: Part II,' for example, could be seen as a prequel and is arguably the greatest film ever made -- the decision to reboot such a popular property while the principal players are still interested in returning seems like a risky gamble at best.

The primary factor behind such a move seems to be Universal's shaky relationship with Greengrass, who publicly bowed out of the fourth film last year after a dispute with the studio. Still, from the sounds of things, Damon still believes he and Greengrass have another story to tell. Here's hoping they get the chance.

Because 'The Bourne Love Story: When Jason Met Nicky' just doesn't have quite the same ring to it.