It’s been a while since we exclusively broke the story that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass were returning to the Bourne franchise- a scoop which would later be confirmed by the A-list duo and Universal Pictures. In that time, you may have wondered, “What’s the hold-up?” Well, mega-producer Frank Marshall took a tiny break from popping champagne bottles over Jurassic World‘s success to let the world know what the latest was.
According to Marshall, who’s resumÃ© also includes films like Back To The Future and Raiders of The Lost Ark, the film is officially in pre-production. Here’s everything the producer had to say about Bourne 5 in an interview with Collider:
“Well, itâ€™s very exciting obviously. Working with Paul again and Matt [Damon] and getting the team back together is kind of a dream. Weâ€™re in pre-production, the scriptâ€™s there, weâ€™re going to start casting soon, weâ€™re looking at locations, itâ€™s all going very well.”
One of the reasons for the delay could be that the team wants to learn from prior mistakes. While the last two Bourne films were well-received by fans and critics alike, both had issues in the scripting department with things being written, and rewritten, on-the-spot. Marshall acknowledges that the creative process got quite strained, and says they’re being extra careful about that this time.
“Yes, I would like to avoid that experience. That was actually number two and number three, so thatâ€™s why we have spent a long time on the script development and pre-production and thatâ€™s all going very well and weâ€™re not gonna have a race to the finish line. Itâ€™s going to hopefully be a slow walk this time.”
Should everything go according to plan, the fifth film about Damon’s Jason Bourne will arrive in theaters on July 29, 2016.