Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass make surprise return to Bourne franchise

The pair will reunite on a new film following the lacklustre response to Jeremy Renner and Tony Gilroy's 2012 outing

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Jason Bourne is coming back. The amnesiac agent will make a return to the Bourne franchise following the surprise revelation that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reuniting for a fourth instalment. 

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Damon will return to one of his best-known roles along with Greengrass, who directed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum and is writing and directing the forthcoming follow-up, according to Deadline

The sequel comes after Jeremy Renner took over the reins in 2012 as new agent Aaron Cross following the recovery of Bourne’s memory in The Bourne Ultimatum. However, The Bourne Legacy – directed by Tony Gilroy – failed to impress critics and pulled in £132 million at the global box office, less than half of Ultimatum’s takings. 

The Renner outfit has been given a sequel, directed by Fast & Furious’s Justin Lin, but it’s now believed that the Damon/Greengrass reunion will be released first with Universal aiming for a 16th July 2016 release date.

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The pair’s decision to return is unexpected, given that as recently as last year Greengrass said he had no interest in returning to the franchise as Bourne – with his memory restored – had nowhere to go. Damon had previously stated he would not return to his role without Greengrass’s involvement – we’re not sure what convinced them, but we’re already pretty darn excited about the pair being Bourne again.