SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Matt Damon arrives for the 'Elysium' Australian premiere at Event Cinemas George Street on August 12, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Finally putting the rumors to rest, one of the “Bourne” franchise producers has denied that the next film was delayed to make room for Matt Damon to return.

The fifth movie was pushed to July 15, 2016, but Frank Marshall tells “The Hollywood Reporter” that the Jeremy Renner vehicle will not feature the "Monuments Men" actor.

“It’s simply not true… It’s a summer movie, and if we don’t start pre-production now, we can’t make next summer,” he told “THR.” Therefore, it’s a wise decision to move to 2016.”

If anyone should know, it’s Marshall, who produced all four of the previous “Bourne” entries.

The most recent installment, 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” introduced Renner’s character, Aaron Cross.

The 2016 follow-up is believed to be “The Bourne Betrayal,” based on the fifth novel in Robert Ludlum’s books series.

Do you think you’ll still watch the new Bourne movie, even though Bourne himself will not be in it? Sound off in the comments!

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