It’s never a good idea to bite the hand that… writes your stories. Just ask Katherine Heigl. In a interview, Matt Damon made that mistake — he slammed the screenwriter of the “Bourne” series, Tony Gilroy.
Damon says that Gilroy wrote the first two films, “The Bourne Identity” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” which Damon is proud of, but that Gilroy phoned in the script for the third movie, “The Bourne Ultimatum.” He tells GQ that Gilroy got paid an “exorbitant amount of money” to do just one draft of the script, with no notes or rewrites.
To put it lightly, Damon hated the script. “It’s just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I
could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude.
It’s terrible. It’s really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically,
and he took his money and left,” he says.
Damon won’t be involved in the fourth “Bourne” movie — Jeremy Renner is coming in as a new character in the same universe — but he does hope to ultimately return to the franchise. Perhaps that’s why he’s now making apologies for putting Gilroy on blast, big-time.
He tells EW, “It was idiotic of me to say anything… I don’t know, I just opened my
mouth when I shouldn’t have. It doesn’t matter ultimately. … It’s
actually a situation where I kind of curse myself. At the end of the
day, it’s between me and Tony. [We’ll either] figure it out or we won’t.”
For the sake of Jason Bourne fans everywhere… let’s hope they figure it out.