This summer's threequel is called The Bourne Ultimatum, but it may as well be known as The Bourne Conclusion. Speaking at a press conference for Ocean's Thirteen in Cannes, Matt Damon told reporters that he is in no way interested in reprising the role of Jason Bourne for a fourth installment. Amidst telling the press that he feels "a bit like a prostitute for putting out two number threes in one year" (to which George Clooney added, "That's better than three number twos"), Damon said (regarding the Bourne franchise): "I'm definitely done with that. I think we've ridden that horse as far as we can. The character lives on in the books and if someone else wanted to play it, I guess they could."

Seeing as we've been provided with nothing but open-ended "maybe we will, maybe we won't" answers from the Spider-Man and Pirates of the Caribbean folks regarding a fourth flick in either one of those franchises, it's refreshing to see Damon put the kibosh on his own involvement going forward, if only so I don't have to write seven different "Damon Says He Might Maybe Possibly Star in Fourth Bourne Film" posts. Thank you Matt for saving me; much appreciated. But even though he won't be back, that will not stop Universal from churning another Bourne flick should Ultimatum do well at the box office. Though it's hard for me to imagine someone else in the Jason Bourne role, this switch-out has been done before; most recently with the Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck) character from all those Tom Clancy adaptations. (So much for my Ethan Hunt meets Jason Bourne in The Bourne Impossible idea, huh?) Who would you choose to replace Damon, assuming you'd even be game for another go-round?

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