Bourne franchise producer Frank Marshall has rubbished rumours that Matt Damon will return for the film’s fifth incarnation.

A report had emerged last week claiming that shooting for the next film had been delayed in order to allow Damon to reprise his role as Jason Bourne, alongside Jeremy Renner's Bourne Legacy lead Aaron Cross.

“It's simply not true,” Marshall told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that director Justin Lin “is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago.

“I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, and if we don't start pre-production now, we can't make next summer. Therefore, it's a wise decision to move to 2016.”

Marshall had previously admitted that his dream for the next Bourne film is to “see Matt and Jeremy team up”.

Damon, for his part, has said that he would be open to returning, but only if Paul Greengrass - who directed the two later films in the original Bourne trilogy - was also involved.

The as-yet-untitled fifth instalment of the Bourne franchise is scheduled for release in July 2016.