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Agreement to fourth Bourne movie
  • According to Variety, Matt and director Paul Greengrass have agreed to make a fourth Bourne movie, although no further details are provided.

    On tap is a fourth "Bourne" movie, but [Universal's] slate is full of efforts to either launch new franchises or resurrect old ones...

    More recently, Shmuger and Linde landed Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon for a fourth "Bourne" movie, even though the director and star seemed ready to wrap it up after three pics.

  • Another report on director Doug Liman and his chaotic filming style here, including:

    Liman acquired rights to the Robert Ludlum books and lined up Matt Damon before Universal chairman Stacey Snider greenlit the movie. Things went smoothly until Liman's first producer, Richard Gladstein, bailed before the start of production and Frank Marshall took his place.

    Soon Liman and Marshall were butting heads, as Liman tried to introduce new story ideas onset, and didn't consider a call sheet a blueprint for what he should do on a given day. "Every time I had to make a decision, my inclination was against making a traditional action movie," Liman says. "I was not interested in doing that. It wasn't because I wanted to be contrary. I didn't take to it."

    But the studio ordered reshoots, and Marshall essentially took over the $60 million movie, which went at least $10 million over budget. "The director is the captain of the ship," says Marshall. "If the captain has a process that can't get the ship to the dock, that's a problem."

  • From a Baltimore Sun article on movies and performances that should have been considered for Oscars:

    Juno is up for four awards, including best picture, but I can think of several others that could have been honored not just for pleasing crowds, but also for resonating with them.

    The Bourne Ultimatum // You'd think U.S. audiences would tune in or line up for movies and TV shows about the CIA, yet the only "agency" films pulling them in on the big or little screen are the Bourne series of adventures about the human killing machine who rediscovers his humanity after a bout of amnesia.

    TV's 24 has been feeding the anti-terrorist vengeance fantasies of liberals and conservatives alike. The Bourne films have been questioning in the most tumultuous and visceral ways the brutalization of a country that resorts to fighting evil with amoral means.

    Except for No Country for Old Men, no American film of the past year can match The Bourne Ultimatum for pure filmmaking. Paul Greengrass is the reigning master of the jittery, hyper-realistic style, and there should be a way of honoring a performer like Matt Damon, who manages to act, simultaneously, as a movie artist and a martial artist.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Love the quote from the Baltimore Sun. It seems to me a groundbreaking movie (both technically and politically) that will only grow in stature over time. The underlying political message of the Bourne movies is both intelligent and emotional - an amazing accomplishment. But Bush will be gone and the political atmosphere in America will have changed by the time a 4th movie comes out. Can the paranoia that drives Bourne survive an honorable president?

    I have hopes that the Green Zone, which will certainly have a similarly assertive point of view, may be the first movie about the war to actually draw an audience.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 4 a Reality??!!

    Wow! With Bourne Ultimatum making so much money, of course the studio would want to continue the franchise. Personally, I'd much rather never see a Bourne #4 than see these movies degenerate into garbage as so many other franchise have (Star Drek and another JB comes to mind). While Matt did soften his protests about ever doing a Bourne #4 "if they had a great script", he said the same darn thing right after "Bourne Supremacy" about doing a Bourne #3, remember? Has anyone else read Tony Gilroy's draft for "Bourne Ultimatum"? He turned Jason into a money-grubbing loser. It was awful. Which makes the reason why Matt and Paul said that they "didn't have a script" while they were filing Ultimatum make sense. They used the start of Gilroy's script and re-wrote the rest of it during filming. So, while I adore Matt as Jason and Paul's terrific work, all I can do is pray that they find a really great story to tell - and maybe this time actually let of see more of Jason and less action, action, action! -- Somewhat scattered thoughts, I know, but man what a shock to read this news! thanks as always for find such great articles and notes. Take care, Cheryl
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne 4 a Reality??!!

    You took the words out of my mouth, Cheryl. I agree whole heartedly.

    I did read the original draft and was gobsmacked - thank God that they made *changes*.

    I have such faith in Matt that I firmly believe that he would refuse to do another Bourne film unless the script was nothing short of magnificent. I think the studios are now wanting to milk the cash cow, but Matt won't compromise his integrity.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne 4 a Reality??!!

    I'm happy to see the franchise continue because I love the Bourne movies, but I hope they forgo the shaky camera direction this time around. Also, making these blockbuster movies allows Matt to pick and choose his other projects.

    - Mary
    jeka_ooie From: jeka_ooie Date: February 24th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Even though the Bourne series are good, I'm hoping they'll end it at three. Don't want to overmilk it! Plus I don't want Matt to feel pressured to sign on because he did express that filming "Ultimatum" was very difficult, didn't he?
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    Won for sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    thx Baltimore Sun... good read.

    I'm not sure if I wanna see a 4th Bourne movie... it's damn hard to top a masterpiece like Bourne Ultimatum!

    but we will see if the rumours gets confirmed sometime in the future.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    well signed already :D :D :D

    wasn't it a guardian reporter at Waterloo in BU *fg*

    anyway interesting read.
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