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Bond Is Back, and So May Be 'Bourne' with Matt Damon

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 15, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 15, 2014 |

The trades have been busy today with news of big one-man action franchises. Earlier today, Variety announced that director Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig are set to begin shooting the next Bond film (the 24th) on December 6th. John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written the script (just as they’d written Skyfall) and Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Ben Whishaw (Q) will all return for the next installment.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter is picking up on a potential development in the Bourne franchise. Though another Jeremy Renner installment had been set for a July 2016 date, it may now be scrapped in favor of another Bourne movie starring its original star, Matt Damon, whose box-office totals haven’t exactly been that stellar since the last Bourne film.

THR is reporting that Damon and Paul Greengrass — who directed the second and third Bourne films — are in talks for Greengrass to return and write the screenplay for the next Bourne installment. Tony Gilroy wrote the previous Greengrass Bourne movies, and a fourth one fell apart — and made room for the Renner entry — after Greengrass and Damon rejected the Gilroy script, which Matt Damon had called “unreadable.”

Talks are still in the early stages according to THR, but Deadline is more bullish, basically suggesting that the deal is all but done.

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