November 22nd, 2008

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New Ludlum deal, various

  • Universal Studios has secured the Jason Bourne name and rights to future Robert Ludlum books - details at Variety. A rough release date for the next Bourne films has also been revealed.

    Universal Pictures has made an overall deal with the estate of "The Bourne Identity" author Robert Ludlum that gives the studio exclusive rights to the Jason Bourne character and first look at other Ludlum novels.

    The deal with Ludlum Entertainment paves the way for more installments in the Bourne saga, which was originally envisioned as a three-picture series but has become Universal's answer to James Bond.

    After the first three films grossed a total of more than $1 billion worldwide, U signed Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for a fourth film that George Nolfi is penning. Produced by Frank Marshall and Ludlum Entertainment chairman-CEO Jeffrey Weiner, the film will be readied for a summer 2010 release.

  • Matt and Brad Pitt may be looking for the film rights for an upcoming book. More on the author and his projects is available here.

    "Ocean's Eleven" cronies Brad Pitt and Matt Damon may be up for a corporate caper. We hear their production companies are looking at Andy Behrman's tell-all about his days as spokesman for Bristol-Myers Squibb's schizophrenia med, Abilify. Behrman, author of "Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania," calls his latest "Adventures in the Drug Trade: I Was a Big Pharma-Pusher." The manuscript is due to go to publishers in January, after Behrman's nondisclosure agreement with BMS expires.

  • Matt visited the father of a Red Sox player in Sacramento - details here:

    Guy Pedroia can expect more business at his tire shops in Woodland, West Sacramento and Elk Grove. The common consumer, an occasional celebrity, the curious.

    Three weeks ago, Matt Damon, of the Bourne movie fame and a well-known Boston Red Sox fanatic, stopped by Radial Tire Wholesale in West Sacramento. The topic of conversation? Baseball and wheels, and definitely in that order.

    Guy Pedroia owns Valley Tire Center in Woodland, Radial Tire in Elk Grove, and the wholesale store in West Sac where his son Brett runs things.

    But it's not clear if the stores specialize in automotive tire needs or are mini-shrines to son and kid brother Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, the pride of Woodland who was named the American League's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday.

  • Matt's included in the new People Sexiest Man Alive issue and online at People.

  • An interview with Francois Pienaar including references to Matt and the upcoming Rugby World Cup move, The Human Factor, is here.