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Greengrass and Isaacs on the thriller

30 March 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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It seems like forever since we last experienced the unique thrill ride that is a Paul Greengrass movie - ok, it's only two years but we're still happy to report that (a) Green Zone is close to completion and (b) Bourne 4 is still very much on the cards.

Although he'd give us only a 'yes'  to the question of whether Bourne 4 was still on his agenda, the director was more fulsome on Green Zone. "It's almost done. It’s a thriller, it’s got a lot of action, and I made it about something I feel very passionate about," he said of the post- Iraq-war thriller, which sees Matt Damon's WMD-hunting chief warrant officer Miller make powerful enemies within the US-run administration.

Greengrass said that the source material, Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandresekaran's Imperial Life In The Emerald City, provided colour rather than narrative drive to the movie. "It gave us a very powerful sense of time and place, of Baghdad at that time, but it’s not an adaptation in that sense."

Fellow Green Zoner and Empire favourite Jason Isaacs was also in attendance at the Jameson Empire Awards, minus the sinister 'tache that went down a storm at last year's event. "That was for my character, and I’m absolutely delighted to say goodbye to it" he said. Isaacs plays Major Briggs, a special forces officer who he describes as being prepared to "do what’s necessary to get the job done". 

So what can we expect from the final edit? “I haven’t seen the final cut. Paul makes films like nobody else - it's not just true of his process and preparation, but also how he shoots it and how he edits it. So I don’t know what the final thing will look like, but I know it was as exciting to make as his films are to watch and I can’t wait to see it." And so say all of us.

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You know you'd love it...
I, like most have devoured all of the Bourne movies. I cannot think of a more intelligent action director as Paul Greengrass and a more suited actor to the role as Matt Damon, and frankly I eagerly await anything those two care to make together safe in the knowledge that it will be thought provoking, action packed 21st century action cinema of the highest order. Even though I too, believe that the bourne trilogy completes itself, I am certain that Greengrass and Damon would not entertain another More

Posted by tobywan at 19:45 on 03 April 2009 | Report This Post

Have read some good intial reports of green zone I can't wait. But Bourne 4??? Just let it rest. Having watched all 3 in a row after coming down with the flu, I can say it is perfect as it is and the story arc comes full circle. Don't spoil it by bringing out a 4th when there is no where left to go...... More

Posted by richardvjones at 13:45 on 31 March 2009 | Report This Post

lets get the next bourne out.not sure how they would do it but with bond on a copycat mission lets get the real thing rolling on. More

Posted by zero xcell at 07:22 on 31 March 2009 | Report This Post

Greengrass and Damon! What a team. I cant wait to see this.If its only half as well crafted as UNITED 93,it will be brilliant. More

Posted by twinlorna at 05:16 on 31 March 2009 | Report This Post

I read that as GREEN HILL ZONE everytime... :S Too much Sonic can be bad for you kids... More

Posted by christofurr at 15:27 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Clooney's older brother
Don't you think? More

Posted by kalel6000 at 14:10 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Hurray for Greengrass!
I work near Soho and a some months ago I was walking behind two guys who were talking about a scene they were working on. Obviously, they were on a lunch break from editing. When I had a second look I recognised the long grey hair instantly! It was Mr. Greengrass, off to get some lunch with his editor while they were working on Green Zone. What a treat! More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:57 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Green Zone is hopefully shaping up to be another Greengrass classic, i can't wait. More

Posted by D.J at 09:17 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

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