Paul Greengrass didnt plan new Bourne film

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 July 2016
Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass has admitted he never planned to make another 'Bourne' movie until he started meeting with lead actor Matt Damon

Paul Greengrass didn't plan on making another 'Bourne' movie.

The British director has admitted that the thought never crossed his mind to make a follow-up to 2004's 'The Bourne Supremacy' and 2007's 'The Bourne Ultimatum' because he'd completely forgotten about the action spy thriller franchise.

He said: "I didn't spend the last seven or eight years thinking I would making another 'Bourne' film. I was always proud to have done them, but it had slipped into the rear-view mirror and I was very comfortable with that."

Lead star Matt Damon - who plays the titular role of James Bourne - had also thought there would never be any more movies until he started meeting with Greengrass and those meetings started to excite the pair.

He told Empire magazine: "Every time Paul and I talked, 'Bourne' would come up. It was 30 conversations over the course of the years. Sometimes we'd only talk about it briefly, but those conversations became longer more frequent."

However, the 60-year-old filmmaker almost lost his lead role in 2003 when Damon announced he was planning to quit before he'd started filming but he was eventually persuaded otherwise.

Greengrass said: "I was tearing my hair out. He and I didn't know each other. Matt had seen a couple of films I'd made, but there was nothing to suggest I would necessarily come through with a big commercial action movie. But in the end we said, 'F*ck it, we'll do it."

The movie went on to make $288 million worldwide and lead to the pair, who barely knew each other, becoming best friends.

Of their friendship now, Greengrass said: "I love him like a brother."

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