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Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon in their Bourne moviesUniversal Pictures

Bourne Legacy star Jeremy Renner has spoken of plans for a future Bourne film either teaming his character Aaron Cross with Matt Damon's Jason Bourne, or having them face off against each other.

In early September a report leaked plans for Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, who directed The Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, to return for a third Bourne film together in 2016.

While that project is believed to be taking the original release date of a second outing for Renner's character, who continued the franchise with The Bourne Legacy in 2012, that film is still very much happening, according to the actor.

Asked if it was still in the pipeline by The Daily Beast, Renner said: "Absolutely! They made it more exciting when Paul [Greengrass] and Matt [Damon] got back into the mix, and finally cracked a story idea for them to come back into it.

"I think they'll be separate movies, and then the idea is for us to either team up, or be adversaries."

Renner's Bourne film was a moderate success but fans really just want to see Damon back in the role that made the franchise and made him a huge star.

Universal Pictures' commitment to Renner is good to see, and is a sign that the studio is eyeing up a larger, multi-film-spanning cinematic universe akin to Marvel's or those being set up by Warner Bros for its DC superheroes or Sony with the Spider-Man franchise.

The next Bourne film, with Damon and Greengrass, is pencilled in for release on 16 July 2016.