After the departure of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon from Universal’s Bourne franchise, everyone has questioned how the series will continue and in what form. Greengrass has moved on to other projects and Damon has openly stated that with Greengrass gone, he won’t be returning either. Universal does have one thing going for them, though. It seems they’ve just recruited screenwriter Tony Gilroy to pen the new film. Producer Frank Marshall made the announcement via Twitter.
This should inspire some hope for the project as Gilroy was the main screenwriter on the previous films and a driving force behind their success. He will be working from old drafts by Josh Zetumer and George Nolfi and forming his own story from there. Gilroy will also be writing what’s referred to as a “Bourne bible” which hints that Universal wants this series to continue for future installments after the fourth film. Currently known as The Bourne Legacy, there is still actually nothing known about the story or whether Damon can be convinced to return. If all goes well, the studio plans for a 2012 release.
Personally, I’d be fine if the project didn’t happen, although I’m not opposed to it either. I thought The Bourne Ultimatum wrapped things up nicely and made for a fitting end. Still, I’ll be curious as to what direction they’ll take the series (or whether it will even be a sequel or prequel). What are your thoughts on the new Bourne film? Who would you want to see star or direct, assuming Damon and Greengrass aren’t lured back by buckets of money?