'Bourne' Producer Shoots Down Matt Damon Return Rumors

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Frank Marshall, producer of the Jason Bourne films, has shot down rumors of Matt Damon’s return as Bourne in the franchise’s next installment.

After Universal recently pushed the movie’s release date back by one year, reports surfaced the move was made to accommodate Matt’s return – but Marshall said those reports are false.

“It’s simply not true,” Marshall told The Hollywood Reporter.

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According to Marshall, the film – now slated for release on July 15, 2016 – will feature Aaron Cross (the character played by Jeremy Renner in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy”).

”[Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready,” Marshall said, of why the release date was pushed. “It’s a summer movie, and if we don’t start preproduction now, we can’t make next summer.”

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Adding, “Therefore, it’s a wise decision to move to 2016.”

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