Paul Greengrass Quits Bourne 4
More trouble for the new outing
In the latest setback for the future of the Bourne films, Paul Greengrass has decided to pass on directing the fourth installment.
The Playlist blog was the first to report the news, breaking word on Monday that Greengrass had decided to ditch the job amid rumours of creative differences and dissatisfaction with Universal’s decision to develop dual scripts.
Now comes a statement from Greengrass, in which he outlines his reasons for walking away in a much more diplomatic tone.
“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."
This latest development comes after Universal has already been having trouble shoving the film through development, with scheduling issues and the aforementioned script troubles. That, and the small matter of Matt Damon not yet being committed to star.
It might be a sign from the movie gods that perhaps the series worked best as a trilogy, but we doubt Universal will let even the loss of Greengrass put an end to their plans…