During a Buzzfeed-reported Martian interview that posted on 8.27, Matt Damon said that the saga of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had ignited creative sparks that led to fifth Bourne film, which he and director Paul Greengrass have now committed to.
“[Paul and I] always looked at the Bourne movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change,” Damon said. “Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy.”
So it’s about Jason Bourne, the proverbial renengade lone wolf, somehow coming into possession of information that this or that government (probably ours) doesn’t want leaked? No — can’t be that. Too familiar.
Damon added that Bourne 5 will probably kick off in Greece, “the beginning of democracy,” as he put it, and end in Las Vegas, which he called “the most grotesque incarnation of…” (Damon didn’t finish the sentence.) 30 years ago in Lost in America Albert Brooks called it “the worst money-grubbing place in the world.” That almost sounds quaint today.