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Paul Greengrass Dumps Bourne 4

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 30, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 30, 2009 |

With the proliferation of remakes, reboots, and sequels, there’s always been one sequel that most of us have looked forward to, because — as evidenced by the trilogy — the folks behind the Bourne series are not likely to screw it up for a quick cash grab. The third Bourne movie was every bit as good as the first one (I’ll say, even better) and that’s due, in large part, to the direction of Paul Greengrass.

A fourth movie has been in development, it seems, since the opening weekend of the third movie, and the one constant during the development has been that Matt Damon would return so long as Paul Greengrass came back and they found a script worthy of a fourth movie.

Uh oh.

It looks like one domino has fallen. The good folks over at The Playlist have revealed that Paul Greengrass has abandoned the fourth movie (in fact, he did so over a week ago). And according to the same source, there’s been trouble afoot for some time. It seems to stem from problems over George Nolfi’s script — he co-wrote the third movie (and penned the script for Matt Damon’s upcoming The Adjustment Bureau). Universal was apparently not too keen on that script, so hired Josh Zetumer to write a “parallel script,” but did so without consulting Greengrass (Zetumer wrote the script for Dune, which is currently without a director). Add to that budgetary and process issues between Greengrass and Universal over the upcoming Green Zone (which also stars Matt Damon, and looks a bit like Bourne 4, anyway) and what you have here is euphemistically referred to as “creative differences.”

And without Greengrass, of course, there’s at least a 90 percent chance there’s no Matt Damon, and without Matt Damon, we can all kiss the Bourne franchise goodbye.

Of course, all is in flux — and Universal and Greengrass may see the suitcase full of cash at the end of this contentious rainbow and make up, but for now, Universal has finally found a way to kill Jason Bourne: Drive away his handler.

(Source: The Playlist)

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