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Bourne is Back? Universal Hires Tony Gilroy for Another One!

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June 9, 2010
Source: Deadline

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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?

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  • Amanda
    Matt Damon IS Jason Bourne. Can they do it without him, yes, but I don't think it will be as successful.
  • Xerxex
    Well this is good news, The second Bourne film was by far my favorite. The being said I would love Greengrass to do this! Gilroy will bring us something great I'm sure, just as long as Damon and Greengrass are also involved. With Gilroy's writing, Greengrass's directing, and Damon's acting this could be a excellent fourth film that is on par with the three previous films.
  • movie mike
    I can do without Greengrass, As long as damon's there. Im in
  • Janny
    i might be on the fringe here and think this can succeed without damon (definatelly without greengrass). Although i am a big fan of the previous bourne movies, the ending of the trilogy left open questions. Sure the program was exposed and it was happy endings all around, but there are plenty of other 'assests' out there that a story could focus on.
  • I really dislike Greengrass as a film maker and in my opinion the only good Bourne was the 1st one which he had nothing to do with. I tried watching Green Zone last night and the shaky camera bullshit gave all my friends headaches and they made me turn it off halfway through.
  • GET TO DA CHOPPAAAAAA!
    The third film was absolutely brilliant...exciting, fast paced, intelligent, intense. Go for a fourth, but only if Greengrass is directing.
  • Gohikeone
    Doug Liman anyone? I may be in the minority here, but I prefer the first movie's look and feel to the last two. If Greengrass is out, then I say Liman should get first shot at this...anyone agree/disagree?
  • I completely agree with you 7, the third Bourne was extremely predictable andthe action was weak and hard to see due to his shaky camera bullshit. The only good Bourne film is the first one, and a good film maker doesn't rely so heavily on the editor like Greengrass always does. I don't think there is ever 1 take longer than 30 seconds in a Greengrass film which takes the audience out of the illusion because all they can think about is how the camera is moving around so much. Greengrass is terrible, but I'd support Liman coming back for sure.
  • anony
    Mark wahlberg IS Jason Boune!!!
  • Dave Lister, J.M.C.
    Greengrass might be a lot less full of piss and vinegar, since "The Green Zone" bombed. I wouldn't completely count him out of the running; Damon can do what he wants, it would probably take a very large sum of cash to get him interested.
  • It should be called "REBOURNE" since at the end of the last one he becomes David Web again. But I'd gladly check out another Bourne movie. Liked them all.
  • Cody w
    Well theres beating a dead cash cow, fuck you hollywood...fuck. you.
  • Vet4Peace
    The Bourne Legacy was the fourth novel, but not written by Ludlam. In it, Bourne is older and a professor. His son (named Khan I think it was) from some marriage to an Asian woman long ago, whom he doesn't know is still alive, has grown up to be an assassin and is hired to kill Bourne, only to be surprised by how hard he is to kill. Some awkward father son assassin bonding happens, and I don't remember how it turns out exactly, but I'm not sure how well this will work with the rest of the movie franchise. Sorry for the fuzzy details, it's been several years since I actually read the book.
  • Jason
    Bourne without damon will fail no matter what. that is all. without him, movie will fail and universal will be plastered with hate for ruining the franchise that up to that point was great.
  • bourne to fuck shit up
    if they make the 4th bourne movie like the book that the title comes from it will be fucking epic, go read the book it reads like the liman movie watches.

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