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Tony Gilroy Directing the Next Sequel in the Bourne Franchise

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October 4, 2010
Source: Deadline

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We heard back in June that franchise writer Tony Gilroy would return to script another installment of the Jason Bourne franchise despite the fact that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass decided to step away from the series. Now Deadline reports Gilroy is also stepping up to direct the sequel, tentatively titled, The Bourne Legacy. As someone who's a bit leery about another sequel in the franchise after the story felt like it came to a logical conclusion, Gilroy's writing was certainly a plus, but I'm not sure his directing really improves the chances of this project living up to franchise standards, especially if Damon doesn't return.

Damon has already said he wouldn't return to play Jason Bourne if Greengrass didn't come back as well, but with one of the staples of the franchise involved, there's a chance he could change his mind. However, Gilroy's success as a director is about 50/50 since his 2007 directorial debut Michael Clayton was followed up with the wholly boring and disappointing Duplicity, so I'm not so sure it's the best idea.

Apparently whether or not Damon decides to return, Universal plans to move forward with the project, even if that means replacing him. That doesn't sound like the best idea since Damon is an integral part of the franchise, and we all know Universal hasn't had the best luck at the box office lately. It's unclear how soon the project might get off the ground, but it's definitely a priority for the studio. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available. Would you see a Jason Bourne film without Matt Damon?

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  • Xerxex
    ooh this sounds good, i'm willing to bet Gilroy can make a great Bourne film, but no Damon no film.
  • one
    Gilroy sucks as a director. Sorry I know alot of people like him, but his movies are super boring.
  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    Bring back Doug Liman, the first one is the only Bourne worth watching.
  • Xerxex
    peloquin I think The Bourne Supermacy was the best of them all.
  • Jericho
    i was disappointed in the last two and its only because of the books, the third was supposed to take place 20 years later, and he married the girl...but i may see this just to humor myself
  • Kalt
    Bring back Doug Liman, the first one is the only Bourne worth watching.
  • Connor
    Can we bring back an ORIGINAL series please? I'm tired of people re-making movies that were just made a few years ago. Plus, Matt Damon is Jason Bourne. These movies are going to be shit.
  • jebstuart
    no damon no me
  • John Doe
    No Matt Damon, no Jason Bourne. And I don't care much for Gilroy either.
  • DuirMan
    Bring back Doug Liman, the first one is the only Bourne worth watching.
  • Cody w
    No Damon, No Bourne, No me, indeed.
  • http://www.galaxykid.blogspot.com Johnny Neat
    I don't know why they bother seeing as it appears Matt Damon isn't interested, supposedly. Look, no Matt = No Bourne, period.
  • vegasdanny
    Its a shame Damon doesnt want to return....i loved the third film (the best and most exciting in my opinion)..and i would be first in line to see Greengrass and Damon finish the books. As everyone has stated above....Damon IS Bourne just as Ford is Indy! It would suck to have a new actor play part 4 as a continuing story. My advice? find another story/character/idea!!!
  • RPD
    Damon will be back.. but yes, I'll still see it even if he isn't...
  • BACON
    Bring back Doug Liman, the first one is the only Bourne worth watching.
  • jjboldt
    Would I still see it? Yes. Would I still like it without Damon? Doesn't seem as likely.
  • JohnDoe
    #3, 6, 10 & 15 - Stop with the freaking spamming already! We heard you the first time!

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