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Matt Damon is Done with 'Bourne' Franchise


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I was reluctant to get into these movies because they looked extremely cheesy, yet I'm glad I gave the first two films a chance because they weren't all that bad. They aren't Academy Awards fodder, but as far as solid entertainment goes, they get the job done, and so does Matt Damon.

The third flick called The Bourne Ultimatum is coming out later this year, but it looks to be the last with Damon heading up the cast. From IGN:

"The Bourne thing I'm definitely done with," Damon declared, adding that the Robert Ludlum-created character could very well live on with a new actor in the role.

I'm a bit surprised this news hasn't percolated to the surface sooner, it seems like a pretty big deal. Like him or not, like the films or not, they are making good money for everyone involved and the third film is probably going to open pretty damn big. Definitely not Shrek big -- R-rated films don't generally get that big just because you're cutting down your potential audience by a huge margin -- but as far as these things go, it should be a whopper.

Now I've never read the Ludlum books these are based on, so maybe there were only ever three to begin with and this is more of a thing of convenience where Damon wants out and there's nothing more to do anyway. Or maybe he's just being a wimp.

Who knows, it's not unprecedented for movies like this to switch actors regularly. Look at how many guys have played James Bond, or Jack Ryan in all the Tom Clancy-based films. Sometimes you can actually find a better fit by doing this.

As IGN mentions, The Bourne Ultimatum hits theaters August 3rd.

**Found this extra quote: "I'm definitely done with that. I think we've ridden that horse as far as we can. [..] The character lives on in the books and if someone else wanted to play it, I guess they could."

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