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Bourne v Bourne

Updated on June 20, 2014

The Plan

Recently announced is the plan for Matt Damon to reprise his role in the upcoming and untitled Bourne 5. He will costar alongside Jeremy Renner who starred in the recent installment, The Bourne Legacy. What I envision happening is that these two spies will encounter each other, do battle, and join forces against the clandestine system that seeks to take them down. Bringing Damon back seems to be an attempt to revamp the franchise and inject some continuity into the storyline.

What Needs to Happen

Damon's Jason Bourne made the franchise. His ability to perform well choreographed fights, combined with the ability to never smile throughout the series (not even once!), allowed for the franchise to continue. Renner's Aaron Cross was much more lighthearted and playful than Bourne ever was or will be. This is not such a bad thing, but the writing for Bourne 5 must reflect these differences and embrace them, or the movie is going to fail before it even starts. These two are on par with the same capabilities, however, the personalities need to reach harmony in order for whatever type of relationship the two will have on screen to be believable.

What We'll Get

The pairing of Damon and Renner could go one of two ways. It could be well written and choreographed, resulting in a harmonious blending of the two stories and styles. It could also go terribly, terribly wrong and shut the franchise down completely. In regards to the latter, this would be the case if they decided to pair the duo mainly in an attempt to cash in and call it a day. With Justin Lin in the director's chair, I doubt that this is the case. I have quite a bit of faith in Lin's capabilities, making me lean more towards the former of the two possibilities. Lin was the mastermind director behind the revamping of the Fast and Furious franchise, directing The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious, Fast Five, and Fast and Furious 6. Lin has proven himself to be a franchise man, and quite a successful one at that. Depending on how he does with Bourne 5, he may have yet another to add to his repertoire.

The Outlook

The outlook for Bourne 5 is good. The Bourne series hit a hiccup with the loss of Damon after his initial trilogy, but the powers that be seem to be driving this franchise in an interesting and profitable direction. Only time will tell, but with Lin behind the wheel, it looks like the crossover will be everything we could want. One thing that concerns me is Damon's motives for returning. He was adamant that he would not return unless Greengrass returned. So with this sudden change of heart, Lin was either very persuasive, or Damon knows he needs a hit after a string of flops lately. My hopes are that he was convinced by the quality of the project, and that the future is bright.

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