So what’s the latest on the fourth film in the Jason Bourne series? Last we heard, producer Frank Marshall was hoping to begin shooting next Summer for a 2010 release. Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon have already signed on, all they need now is a script. Today it was announced that Universal is serious about doing a fourth film, hiring George Nolfi to write the script. Not only was Nolfi a co-writer on Bourne Ultimatum, but he also wrote Ocean’s Twelve.
The next film in the series will not even be loosely based on one of the novels, but will instead be an entirely new adventure (with a possible South American destination). From what I understand, the sequels to the original Robert Ludlum novels left much to be desired. Lets hope that Nolfi can come up with something better.
Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will be returning for a fourth film in the Bourne series.
The Bourne trilogy has made over $945 million worldwide at the box office (the last film, Ultimatum, responsible for $443 million of that total). The films are based on novels by Robert Ludlum, who passed away in 2001. Eric Van Lustbader has since written two sequels to Ludlum’s Bourne series: The Bourne Legacy in 2004, and The Bourne Betrayal in 2007), both of which have received lukewarm reviews by readers. Hollywood might be better off creating their own story to continue the franchise.
Damon is already signed to star in Steven Soderberg’s The Informant and is in talks to star in Clint Eastwood’s The Human Factor, and with Greengrass busy prepping his Vietnam drama They Marched into Sunlight, it could be a couple years before they begin filming.
Discuss: With Bourne’s arc complete in Ultimatium, a fourth film seems rather unnecessary. Knowing this, do you still want to see Bourne return to the big screen?