Earlier this week came the news that Universal Pictures was making plans for a sixth film in its Jason Bourne franchise, one that was in early development and has “All Quiet On The Western Front” filmmaker Edward Berger in talks to direct.

The story indicated that with the director hired, the next step is to assemble a script that is in top shape before approaching the franchise’s star Matt Damon about potentially reprising the role (the actor has no deal in place).

Now, The Playlist has offered some further background information on the story. Whilst Universal is trying to entice Damon back with their own take, this indicates Damon himself and longtime franchise producer Frank Marshall have been trying to ‘self-generate’ their own ‘Bourne’ project for years now.

Damon was reportedly working with Marshall and writer Scott Z. Burns on the project for months and the trio “never really cracked the story they wanted to tell” even as they tried several iterations of it.

Burns is not just the writer of films like “Contagion” and “The Report,” but also did crucial uncredited rewrite work on Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Supremacy” script before co-writing “The Bourne Ultimatum” – resulting in what is widely considered the two best entries in the series.

As the outlet says, it’s not clear how divorced Universal’s plans are from what Damon & co. had been working on. Crucially, no writer is yet formally attached to the project, so it’ll be interesting to see which way it could go from here.

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