Bourne is Back? Universal Hires Tony Gilroy for Another One!
Most likely to capitalize on a franchise that they know will be successful (since not many other films they've released in the last two years have been), Universal has officially re-hired the "key screenwriter" behind the Jason Bourne franchise to write another new script for the fourth sequel (via Deadline) - Tony Gilroy. Although we heard in February from both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass that they were "done" with the Bourne franchise, it seems like Universal is desperate to keep this going. The working title is The Bourne Legacy and it will hit in 2012, but that's all we know (no word on whether Damon will be back). Read on!
Producer Frank Marshall, who's producing this sequel, confirmed the news on Twitter: "Tony Gilroy, the keeper of the Bourne flame, is back with us to write the treatment for #4, The Bourne Legacy." Gilroy is the brilliant writer/director who's helped write the three screenplays for the past three Bourne movies and also wrote/directed Michael Clayton (one of my personal favorites) and Duplicity. If you remember, Universal went through a handful of writers and numerous scripts for Bourne 4 over the last few years, but with that news that Damon was officially leaving, we thought that had finally closed the door on the franchise forever.
Unfortunately, the studio is hurting, and this one franchise they know they can rely on, so they're probably pumping a lot of money into this and will be pushing forward with or without Damon. Deadline says that Gilroy's involvement "might lure at least Damon, who'd be an idiot not to continue the best role of his life -- not to mention the best payday." We don't know who is directing yet either, so stay tuned for updates, since this is only just a very early writing announcement. Is anyone actually excited to see Bourne return?