You’ll have to pretend you’re surprised at this next bit of news. Apparently there’s trouble brewing in Bourne land again, and director Paul Greengrass may have just walked away from the fourth movie. Details are still a bit sketchy at the moment, and they’ve giving the old “creative differences” excuse, but it seems to be a result of increasing friction between Greengrass and the higher-ups at Universal.
As you may know, The Bourne Ultimatum made over $440 million worldwide and earned rave reviews across the board, but production on the movie was reportedly a nightmare for just about everyone involved. Matt Damon had such a miserable experience that at one point he said there was no way he would return for another sequel. In the end, both Damon and Greengrass eventually signed on for part 4, and the project started development. In the meantime, the duo went off and shot Green Zone together… and that’s where all the trouble started.
Word on the street is that Green Zone’s budget has been ballooning as Greengrass is up to his usual tricks with a chaotic production process and expensive reshoots. The studio execs haven’t been too happy about that, and then they went and hired a new writer for Bourne 4 without consulting Greengrass, which ticked him off. Now it seems that Greengrass has decided he’s had enough, and wants nothing to do with the next Bourne flick. It’s unclear whether or not the two sides can still make amends, and it’s also unclear if Damon would do the movie without Greengrass. Either way, we probably won’t see Bourne 4 for quite some time now. What do you think, has Greengrass earned the right to be a bit difficult? Is the Bourne franchise doomed without him, or would you like to see someone else have a shot at it?