Deadline reported yesterday that Universal has offered the Bourne franchise directing gig to Tony Gilroy, who wrote the previous Bourne films and also directed Michael Clayton and what I thought was an underrated Duplicity.
With Gilroy on board, Matt Damon is now put in an awkward position. He stated previously that he wouldn’t make another Bourne film without Paul Greengrass (who directed the last two installments), but Universal is insisting that they’ll make it with or without him. Damon then will be forced to choose between his loyalty to Greengrass and his allegiance to the Bourne character, which made Damon the international superstar he is now. Does he let that franchise go to shit with someone like Matthew McConaughey or Sam Worthington, or does he return, reasoning that Tony Gilroy is a decent compromise.
It looks like Universal is playing chicken with Damon, and I’d like to believe that, if Damon calls their bluff, Universal will drop the movie. But then again, there’s hundreds of millions of dollars involved, and if the Atlanta Braves can let institutions like John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux leave for other teams, then I doubt Universal will have a problem handing the franchise over to that Lautner kid. Bottom line, motherfuckers. That evil little bottom line will bend you over anally probe you when you’re least expecting it.