The latest entry in the Jason Bourne movie franchise underwhelmed critics and left audiences with a feeling of déjà vu. The hotly anticipated return of Matt Damon as the amnesiac spy was, basically, more of the same. It’s not that Jason Bourne is a bad movie, per se; it’s just that it didn’t really move the franchise forward in any meaningful way. Even the movie’s title, Jason Bourne, feels uninspired. Still, with the talent involved in this series, it wouldn’t be too hard to fix the Bourne franchise and return it to the glorious form of the first three films. Here are 10 ways to fix/improve the Jason Bourne franchise.
10. Return To The Source Material
The first three Jason Bourne movies were based on a trilogy of books written by acclaimed author Robert Ludlum, and the first movie at least follows the first book pretty closely. Although Ludlum passed away in 2001, books about Jason Bourne have continued to be published by a new writer, Eric Van Lustbader. There have been a total of nine new Bourne novels written since 2004 and they continue to sell very well. However, the last two movies — 2012’s woeful The Bourne Legacy and this summer’s Jason Bourne — have gotten away from the source material and relied instead on original screenplays. Producers of the movies might be better off going back to plumb the books again for stories given how great and successful the first three films were.