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Exclusive: Greengrass Back For Bourne
Ultimatum starts shooting in July

14 March 2006  |  Written by   

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Paul Greengrass was on hand at last night’s Sony Ericsson Empire Awards, and when we spoke to him about his upcoming plan post-United 93 (formerly known as Flight 93), which he’s about to finish, he has three words for us: The Bourne Ultimatum.
 
The third film in the Bourne series has long been rumoured to have Greengrass back in the driver’s seat, but he has now told us that he is doing it – and here’s what he had to say. “We’ve got a script and we’re underway. It’s a new story, completely different from the novel. It was written by Tony Gilroy and Tom Stoppard. It’s going to have all the excitement you’d expect from a Bourne film and all the intensity you’d expect from a Bourne story. I can’t wait – it’s just going to be fuckin’ fantastic.
 
But, ever eager to get the scoop, we pressed him to find out what artistic direction the story is going to take.

”It’s going to rock. That’s honestly what it’s going to do. What direction? We’ll have a better car chase, have more exciting action, more intensity and just generally be a fuckin’ classy film. I think Matt Damon’s looking forward to it like I am. It’s going to be an absolute laugh.”
 
And does he have any worries about the fact that Bond is back in a grittier, younger form?

”Well, you know what they say? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That’s honestly what I think. I think there’s a big difference between James Bond and Jason Bourne. I think James Bond is the secret agent who likes being a secret agent and likes killing people. He’s a misogynist, an old-fashioned imperialist, and Jason Bourne is an outsider on the run and he’s one of us and he’s fighting against them, I think. That’s the profound difference, and that’s why I like Bourne.”
 

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bourne supremacy
Its a really bad idea because they've screwed up the whole plot of what the books were originally about, marie being killed in the second film when the character is married to bourne and they killed off chris cooper's character who was an ally of bourne's as well. More

Posted by anakin solo at 13:39 on 18 March 2006 | Report This Post

two words
Hell and Yeah More

Posted by freddie205 at 10:33 on 18 March 2006 | Report This Post

Cheating your audience.
How on earth can they keep the same title as the book and do a completely different story? The audience will go see the film expecting the story of the book and instead they'll watch something else. I am disappointed, I really liked the first two films for once an action film set in Europe ! But now that Hollywood has messed about with it I fear the worst. Shame. USE ANOTHER TITLE ! More

Posted by Goldrake at 23:59 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

tom stoppard?
"from the director of the bourne supremacy and the writer of shakespeare in love" sounds like a party. More

Posted by billythehick at 21:40 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

I didn't like the first Bourne but enjoyed the second, so I'm glad Greengrass is returning. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 18:23 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Title change anybody?
Dont just just use the books title then disregard its significance to the story. What was so apparent that Bourne displayed his 'Supremacy' in film two? Nothing really. He just showed us that he is a badass, and can drive like a pro and murder with a magazine. Ultimatum refers to the Jackal and the last stance of these two aged combatants, it must end or he will fear the threat forever, one can survive- thereby creating the ultimatum. Thumbs up to the sequel but change the name, the character is More

Posted by giantshannon at 16:48 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Completely diferent story????WTF????
ALWAYS STICK TO THE BOOK...ALWAYS STICK TO THE BOOK.... More

Posted by agentsmith270288 at 16:35 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

FOUR WORDS:
BOURNE = BAD BOND = BETTER!! More

Posted by CloneWarGeneral at 14:00 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Bring it on
...NUFF SAID :) More

Posted by psalm666 at 12:35 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Jason Bourne Rocks! This'll be worth looking forward to. I mean I couldn't give a damn about Casino Royale; Bond is a Wanker. More

Posted by badrabbit at 12:31 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

I thought the The Bourne Supremacy was a fantastic film and Im pleased to see Greengrass back to do the third. Itll be better than Bond. (hehehee, couldnt resist Alvin) More

Posted by Kid A at 12:28 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

RE: meh
I'm glad someone has had the sense to knock the Bond v Bourne comparison on the head once and for all. More

Posted by Alvin Stardust at 11:41 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

meh
i've never been amazed by the Bourne cycle and the promise of a "carcrash" with "more intensity" does'nt really excite me. if i wanted that i would have kept wathing 24. but i did'nt cos season 3 was a bit naff. and just out of curiosity, how many times has Elisha Cuthbert been tied up on screen. it happens to her again in House Of Wax-you would think she would be pissed off with it by now More

Posted by Rock Lobster! at 11:14 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Read this Greengrass....
No. Shakey. Cam. That shit gave me a headache. More

Posted by darth statto at 10:49 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

But Greengrass said the film will be 'a new story, completely different from the novel', with 'a better car chase, ... more exciting action, more intensity'. It sounds a lot like they're going to turn it into a brainless explosion-fest. The Bourne Supremacy was heading that way, which I thought was a real let down after the fantastic Bourne Identity. More

Posted by rossmactaggart at 10:18 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

Best in the series...
I'm a bit dubious about Greengrass' formerly titled Flight 93, but the fact that he's directing Bounre again is great news! The best book out of Ludlum's three should equate to the best film...? Here's hoping. More

Posted by wolvieware at 10:10 on 14 March 2006 | Report This Post

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