Another Bourne Sequel in the Works


Well we all saw The Bourne Ultimatum clean up in some of the more technical categories at the Oscars last night, and from all the stories of what a horrible and chaotic shoot the movie was, I think it’s pretty clear that they deserved to win the Film Editing award in particular. Although Matt Damon did say at one point that this would be the last time he played Jason Bourne on screen, it’s looking more and more likely that he will return for a fourth installment in the franchise. Either he’s a glutton for punishment, or he now trusts Paul Greengrass and his crew to turn out fantastic films under just about any circumstances.

According to Variety, a fourth Bourne movie is “on tap” at Universal, and is a very valuable property to the studio since they haven’t been able to get many successful franchises off the ground lately. The exact wording of the article is vague, but it does say that they successfully “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”. I can only assume that this one will be completely divorced from the books; it is my understanding that the original trilogy, while sharing the same titles as the books, didn’t stick very closely to the text, and the other books that came after weren’t even written by Robert Ludlum anymore. What do you say, are you up for more Bourne? Of course you are.

  • Well, first I hear about a potential Anchorman sequel, and now Bourne 4 is being talked up.

    I’ve read and still own the original Robert Ludlum novels, which are superb.

    The differences are striking, especially in regards to The Bourne Ultimatum. Whilst I won’t offer up ‘Ultimatum spoilers, I can say that the book covered, amongst other things, a face off between Jason Bourne and another assassin by the name of Carlos the Jackal; who in this universe plays the part of nemesis to Jason.

    For those of you who have seen The Bourne Ultimatum, you know that it doesn’t happen that way, although I think throughout the trilogy they’ve tried to pay homage to the ‘arch enemy’ concept Ludlum used in the final book with the sprinkling of other expert assassins or ‘assets’ throughout the films. for Bourne to encounter and naturally, defeat.

    I’d be interested to see what they come up with, plot wise. Will they go for the Bourne v Nemesis style story, therefore casting a strong supporting actor in that new role, or are we looking at more Bourne v The System action?

    Frankly, I’m not too bothered. I just want more.

  • joe

    The plot of the Bourne series is a perfect fit for action-lovers, IMO, and I could see it going on for quite some time. It’s like a modern Bond, where you’ve got a main character who’s cool and knows the ins-and-outs of their trade.

  • People have been calling Bourne the next Bond since the first film. Personally, I think the landscape of film is different now than ot was when Bond first began, and nothing will become a 20+ film franchise like Bond. People will get sick of Bourne, myself included, and I hope they leave it at 3.

  • That’s a good point Jon. It’s pretty obvious that the new Bond movies have been borrowing ideas from Bourne, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s hard to see anything nowadays having the same staying power and cultural influence as the Bond franchise. It might be smart to quit while they’re ahead with Bourne.

  • ShenEvil44

    I think if they decide to do another Bourne movie, they should make this one the final installment. Plus, if they decide to name it after the 4th book,The Bourne Legacy, it would be VERY appropriate.

  • joe

    Oh.. I didnt even know that other people compared it to Bond. I guess I’m right on cue with some group of critics out there.

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  • Bart

    According to the producers, Robert Ludlum wrote a 4th Bourne book called “The Bourne Eternity” but it was never released publicly. Supposedly that is what their doing the 4th Bourne movie on and I cant wait.

    I love the movie serious and Im an avid fan of the Filipino Martial Arts used in all 3 movies. So much as Ive started training in it :)


    mat demon is the gorgious character for bourne role.besides there r no alternatives for this one.his movement,action,thrilling comments,voice are well as,bourne is still alive.without any ending of bournes strategy it can not be trio only.i think bourne 4 is crying need for the bourne fun.

  • betty

    I simply enjoy Matt Damon movies, including The Legend Of Bagger Vance. He comes across as a real sincere person every time and that makes him very believable. I hope he stays straight and will never be influenced by bad associations. I wish him a long and successful career and marriage. And my prayers go with him in his role as a parent–not an easy job for a successful person in Hollywood. If he does the job as well as Ricardo Montalbon, whose son said of his dad: ““He was the consummate gracious gentleman.” and “Everybody loved my dad.” This is more important than anything.

  • Ro

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE TRILOGY AND WANT MORE!!! This is one of the best series that has not died down, they all just keep getting better. They’re perfectly aligned and rely on each other. Never read the books, but the movies are Bournetastic!

    Girl that likes ACTION PACKED MOVIES for the action not the actors…signing off.

  • cinqq.doigts

    Give us “Bournites” more ………or else (We know were you live)

  • George Stinklebaum

    I think that Jason Bourne should fight a llama while riding a platypus.

  • david

    i think their should be many more Borne movies just like James Bond, they can call it the Borne saga when there done, hell maybe Borne can find an M style character who can make him gadgets too to stop other political powerful enemies in future films. Plus a new nemesis would be good, played by Jason Statham, perfect, well, maybe not the gadgets then, dont want it turning cheesy. ;)

  • Very excited for the 4th Bourne. Ive been a fan of the Bourne trilogy for a long time, ever since I saw The Bourne Identity I fell in love with all the movies. Even though Bourne 4 wont be based on the book, it will be very interesting to see what will be the end result.

  • misnomer58

    It would be nice to see David Webb put Jason Bourne to rest and return back to his life. Which seems to have been his wish consistantly through all the movies (remember, “I don’t want to do this anymore”).

    Nothing can last forever, he already has a boom leg. I personally would love to see him get what he has fought so very long for, a normal life. It would be nice to see him walk away alive (with Nikki) instead of disappearing AGAIN or getting killed.

  • mcdugen

    There is plenty of story to do, I myself could come up with two more great movies to go along with the ultimatum story line, but as it goes im not a script writer. If I was there would be some good movies in the future of film.