Paul Greengrass Explains his Bourne 4 Exit

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A few days ago Sean wrote about Paul Greengrass exiting the fourth Jason Bourne flick. Back then nobody really knew why Greengrass had just up and left the project, but there was speculation that it was probably due to Universal blocking his mojo on the production of his Bourne-esque film Green Zone, with them keeping Greengrass in line and not allowing him to spend millions after millions beyond the budget and what not. Shame on you Universal!

Apparently that wasn’t the reason at all though… Or maybe it was, but on the pretty sugar-coated front, it isn’t being made out to appear like that was the reason at least. Greengrass has issued a statement clarifying why he left, which, as he says himself, had nothing to do with Universal whom with he has a wonderful working relationship and blah blah blah. Read Greengrass’ statement below:

“You won’t find a more devoted supporter of the Bourne franchise than me. I will always be grateful to have been the caretaker to Jason Bourne over the course of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. I’m very proud of those films and feel they express everything I most passionately believe about the possibility of making quality movies in the mainstream. My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge. There’s been no disagreement with Universal Pictures. The opportunity to work with the Bourne family again is a difficult thing to pass up, but we have discussed this together and they have been incredibly understanding and supportive. I’ve been lucky enough to have made four films for Universal, and our relationship continues. Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on.”

So now that it’s officially official, who might replace Greengrass as director, assuming that production goes on smoothly? One guess might be the writer of the flick, George Nolfi, who’s currently in the midst of directing his very first movie, that being another Matt Damon-starrer called The Adjustment Bureau, which just so happens to also be at Universal. Who do you think would be a good replacement for Greengrass, if any at all? Shout off in the comments below!



  • I say don’t make a fourth without Greengrass.

    The story of Bourne has been neatly ended and tied off as a trilogy.
    Find something new to invest in Universal. I’m too worried you will destroy it if you keep going.

  • drewsifer

    I agree, but if they’re gonna do it, just give the fucker to Doug Liman

  • Matt

    I don’t think they should make a fourth one, but if they do they should try and get Martin Campbell. If he made Casino Royale, he can make an awesome Bourne movie.
    Also I’ve seen the first two Bourne movies before becoming a fan of Filmjunk, and I didn’t really appreciate them. Then I went to see the third one after listening to you guys rave about the Bourne movies. And you guys were totally right. With a different mindset, The Bourne Ultimatum was totally awesome. I’ll revisit the first two and expect to enjoy them a lot more this time around. Thanks.

  • malD

    Although I liked Greengrasses Bourne films I wasn’t a great fan of his frenetic handheld style purely because of the fact that you couldn’t really see what was going on actionwise. Jump cuts seemed to be overcooked to make up for a lack of imagination.. although you could say this was an editing decision it has now become synonymous with greengrass’ style. I think the bourne series will deffinitely survive without him.. and perhaps outdo what he’s already done providing they get another talented Director to fill his shoes.

  • John

    I thought Doug Limon’s Bourne film was far superior to Greengrass’ in many ways. All that shaky camera stuff was waaay too much. Bring back Limon. I want a fourth film. In the third book the Jackal lured Bourne by taking his wife hostage. Obviously Nicki & Bourne were an item so this would work since his memory is back. Also if Damon walks they should get Chris Pine, he’d make a terrific Bourne and is taller & younger with all that intelligence & intensity in the eyes.