Matt Damon will not appear in the upcoming "Bourne" spy film and is apparently embarrassed to have been involved with the franchise's last installment, "The Bourne Ultimatum."
"It's really the studio's fault for putting themselves in that position," Damon told GQ magazine for their January issue. "I don't blame [screenwriter] Tony [Gilroy] for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. 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."
The Bourne franchise has earned over $1 billion worldwide and according to GQ, earned Damon an estimated $20 million. But Damon didn't solely blame screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who has written and begun directing the next installment, the actor claimed the studio required the screenwriter write one draft of the script, with no rewrites.
Damon has since apologized for his comments on Gilroy.
"If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared," Damon told the Hollywood Reporter of Gilroy. "My feelings were hurt. That's all. And that's exactly why I shouldn't have said anything. This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is [expletive] stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."
Jeremy Renner will be taking over for the actor in "The Bourne Legacy," which is slated for release on August 3, 2012. The film, which will be the fourth in the franchise, will also star Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz.
Damon told GQ that though he is not involved with the new movie, he is "really pulling for this one, even though I don't have anything to do with it. Selfishly, it's bad for me if that movie doesn't do well."
"The Bourne Legacy" is the first movie in the series without Damon playing the part of the title character and focuses on a new CIA operative named Aaron Cross, played by Renner.
Damon told OnTheRedCarpet.com in February that while he does not appear in "The Bourne Legacy," he would like to reprise his role as Bourne in a future movie in the series.
In the past year, the father of four has focused on his family and starred in several other films, including "The Adjustment Bureau," "Contagion" and most recently, the Cameron Crowe movie "We Bought A Zoo," starring Scarlett Johansson, which is slated for release on December 23, 2011.
Meanwhile, Renner will appear another spy film - the fourth "Mission Impossible" movie, "Ghost Protocol," which sees Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt. The film hits theaters on December 21.
Watch a trailer for Damon's upcoming film, "We Bought A Zoo" below.