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Paul Greengrass Quits Bourne 4
More trouble for the new outing

02 December 2009  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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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…

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We're wasting our breath and pixels
If Robert Ludlum had written a fourth I would gladly pay to see a 4th in the series as long as Matt Damon stars and Greengrass or Woo directs but Robert Ludlum didn't write it and no matter how good the script is, or the acting, directing or action it wont be, can't be a Ludlum thriller. It will get ripped to pieces as I am sure we'll end up with a The Godfather debacle. Why will the studios never learn? Because mugs like us will still pay to see it that's why. If Bourne 4 is m More

Posted by Adendum at 13:56 on 04 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Good omen
Had a weird experience a while back, when about to watch a Bourne film: Took it from the shelf, and for a very brief moment I didn't register The Bourne Supremacy, it might have been my feverish imagination, always beavering away at where stories could go even when I'm not conscious of it, but I saw, for a split second: The Bourne Temptation. And seconds later I imagined that the fourth film, since the first three had dealt with the identity thing, then a fourth would probably More

Posted by jobloffski at 21:54 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

Good omen
All three movie were and are amazing, better than all Bond films for that matter. (Casino is class) but it (Bourne) should be left alone. This decision will appeal to all fans of the Bourne trilogy and some respect to Robert Ludlum. More

Posted by nybras at 15:43 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

Good omen
All three movie were and are amazing, better than all Bond films for that matter. (Casino is class) but it (Bourne) should be left alone. This decision will appeal to all fans of the Bourne trilogy and some respect to Robert Ludlum. More

Posted by nybras at 15:31 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

They cannot add to that trilogy. What happens then, he swims off at the end only to bang his head on a barge and lose his memory again?! People demanded a sequel to The Godfather I & II and look what that got em. Universal, get the rights to Tim Willocks's Green River Rising and get Damon on board for that instead and drop the inane Bourne 4. More

Posted by mcbadabing at 13:34 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

Bourne to rise again?
Let's face it, the Bourne trilogy was/is the best, nothing can touch them for story, action and acting. they changed the smart 'action' film landscape forever. i was curious to see what a fourth one would do with the story, because everything seemed tied up in the last one, but now because of Paul Greengrass' departure and Matt Damon's non-appearance. I don't see it could work again. but I do think that 'Bourne' will become a tv series, which is a shame, if it does. some watered down cobbled tog More

Posted by boogieknight71 at 21:59 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Either this will end the franchise and keep it as a trilogy, or they'll bring a new director in that could put a new take on it. Personally I thought Ultimatum was a bit over-rated, still a good film - but basically retread Supremacy's footsteps with very little storyline. If they line up someone decent, it'd be interesting to see where they take it... More

Posted by jonny-w at 20:29 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Paul Greengrass Quits Bourne 4
This is not the end of Bourne. Greengrass did not start Bourne, he just made the second and third best films of the trilogy. Greengrass is entirely replaceable. Matt Damon, however, is not. If he doesn't want to do it then it really is finished. More

Posted by superdan at 19:31 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Paul Greengrass Quits Bourne 4
For those who want Liman back - he made Jumper.  I would gladly take him out by biro or rolled up Empire magazine.    And remember Damon hasn't yet signed on the line that is dotted.   Just end it - he's remembered!  It's not like he can say, oh I forgot again... More

Posted by G_MAN07 at 18:34 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

This is just me but I liked the first and second but I can't remember any of Ultimatum apart from the bit with Paddy Considine. So maybe a different director might freshen things up? More

Posted by james riley at 15:51 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

FFS universal just stop. quit while youre ahead for once. More

Posted by spamandham at 15:40 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Dan Bradley
Universal will probably wait to see how Red Dawn performs. If that's a success, expect him to get offered the job. More

Posted by chizmund at 12:18 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Does this mean we might have a Bourne film that you can see what's happening in it? More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 12:07 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

No Greengrass, no Bourne. And that's the end of it, as far as I'm concerned. (On the other hand I can already smell a "re-imagining" with Chris Pine in front and Brett Ratner behind the camera...) More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 11:37 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Greengrass has already made Bourne 4 - it's called Green Zone. Hur hur. More

Posted by hatebox at 10:37 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

one of the best trilogys around
although i'd love to see another one if they got Liman back........the fight with the biro, tearing around in a mini to a pumping Ready Steady Go, taking care of the sniper. the first is a Class assassin/spy film. the other two while still brilliant lose a mark for too much shakey cam. All in all a awesome trilogy More

Posted by 7eke at 10:12 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Paul Greengrass Quits Bourne 4
I'm sorry but i don't agree with the defeatest sentiment of the previous posts - although Greengrass has done a great job with Supremacy and Ultimatum let's not forget that Doug Liman started it off with the best film of the trilogy - The Bourne Identity! Why not bring Doug Liman back - full circle n'all that!!? More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:02 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

LIMAN made a better film with the first one......
Even if it did have to be re-shot at the end (more than once according to Damon) Anyhoo, a new director might make a better movie, how about that bloke who made Taken? More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 09:53 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Since when is George Clooney...
...Starring in a Paul Greengrass biopic? More

Posted by exandakane at 09:42 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Maybe it's for the best
Agreed. I don't want to see Damon star as an aged, chubby Bourne. More

Posted by Workshed at 09:32 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Maybe it's for the best
Hopefully this will convince Universal that it's best that they leave it a three films. More

Posted by benj 01 at 09:19 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Greengrass 'was' Bourne....
I'm sad to see Greengrass quit but I don't think this will be the end of it.  I know that Matt Damon said he'd only do another if Paul Greengrass was to direct but until we hear something from Damon, my money is on the film still happening.  My feelings are still that it should have been left with Ultimatum, regardless of who is involved in the fourth film.    More

Posted by LEEJGM at 09:11 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Greengrass 'was' Bourne....
Agree with the below sentiments, without Greengrass this franchise is now dead. I had mixed feelings about the 4th installment anyway, we had a great ending with Ultimatum but the prospect of Greengrass completing his own trilogy was too good to pass up. I hope Damon pulls out to make it official. More

Posted by Blyman at 09:01 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

I no longer want the sequel that I wanted. It wouldn't be right. More

Posted by MovieMogul at 08:47 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

Without Paul Greengrass, the franchise has no future. Hopefully Matt Damon will also decide not to bother and that will be the end of it. The last thing we need is for a new sequel to come along without it's main assets. More

Posted by D.J at 08:14 on 02 December 2009 | Report This Post

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