Flashback to four or five years ago and it seemed like the idea of another Matt Damon-led Jason Bourne movie was a bit of a pipe dream. How things change. Not only did Jason Bourne open in theaters this weekend, but according to Entertainment Weekly (via Heroic Hollywood), Damon would be open to coming back for even more Jason Bourne sequels.

Yeah. It’s definitely open. If there’s a story to tell, and we think people want to hear it, then who knows? … I’m tied to Paul, whatever he wants to do. We’re friends, so it would always come up in conversation. We didn’t want to dive into one unless we could make a movie that fit in that family and felt worthy.

If you only ever pay attention to the headlines, the resurgence in Damon’s interest in the franchise may be kind of a surprise. However, dig a little deeper and Damon is pretty much saying the same thing every time. Damon has always couched his interest in more Jason Bourne movies as contingent upon working with director and franchise regular Paul Greengrass. Even back in 2012, when it seemed like the actor had officially cut ties with the franchise, Damon was still telling sites like Movieline that the door was open for a return provided that Greengrass was involved as well.

There has not been any movement. I've always been open to it as long as Paul Greengrass directs, I don't think he's going to do it.

Of course, while Damon still won’t say no to more movies, it’s also possible that Jason Bourne was the piece of closure that actor and director needed after the fallout with series writer Tony Gilroy went public. Back in 2011, The Hollywood Reporter did a deep dive into the rift between Gilroy and Greengrass and Damon’s loyalty to the latter. If both men felt that they needed to have the last word on the Bourne franchise after Bourne Legacy took the series in a different direction, then Jason Bourne might be more personal than business. Keep an eye out for what Greengrass has to say; as always, he’ll be the one to make any sequels happen.

Is Jason Bourne good enough to warrant more sequels? Well, for an answer to that question, you’ll have to check out our review of the movie.

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