After the latest Bourne movie, both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass made it clear that they were done with the franchise. They later backpedaled and said, “maybe years down the road.” It’s a smart move on their part, considering how much money the movie made ($227 million domestic) and they stand to make if they hold out.
Especially after the third movie, Bourne Ultimatum, did surprisingly well at the Academy Awards over the weekend, taking home three Oscars for editing, sound, and sound editing.
It looks like there will be another movie though. Buried in a Variety article about the future of Universal studios was a short sentence saying a fourth Bourne movie has been agreed to by the now award-winning team from the previous two.
More recently, Shmuger and Linde landed Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon for a fourth “Bourne” movie, even though the director and star seemed ready to wrap it up after three pics.
There are still very few details until a more official announcement is made. So we don’t know when this will actually happen, just that it will. It’ll have to been in at least a year because Damon is scheduled to work with Greengrass again on Green Zone, among other rumored projects.
Speculation has already started on what the new Bourne will be based on. There are only three books actually written by Robert Ludlum before he died, and they’re all movies now.
But Eric Van Lustbader wrote two more continuations on the series. The next novel is The Bourne Legacy, where suddenly Jason Bourne/David Webb has a long lost son. I really hope they don’t go with that. They deviated from the books before, so they may as well sign Tony Gilroy again (if they can now that he’s a serious director) to write an original script.
I’m just throwing titles out there, but Bourne Continuum would be cool too.