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Bourne 4 writer announced, quotes
  • Universal has announced via Variety and the Hollywood Reporter that George Nolfi has been selected to write the script for Bourne 4.

    Universal has tapped scribe George Nolfi to pen the fourth installment of the studio's multimillion-dollar Jason Bourne franchise.

    Nolfi co-wrote 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum" with Scott Z. Burns and the story's creator Tony Gilroy, which brought in $443 million at the boxoffice worldwide and is one of the studio's top-grossing films of all time.

    While the trilogy of Bourne films were adapted from Robert Ludlum's books, the fourth will be based on an original story.

    Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two Bourne films, and Matt Damon are also attached to the new film.

  • Meanwhile, a new Bourne Trilogy collection will be released on 4 November - details at Amazon.

  • A few more quotes from Joel McHale at On Milwaukee and the Northwest Herald as he continues his stand-up tour.

    JM: No, Matt Damon is awe-some. Awwww-some. He's a father like I am, but since I have to watch reality TV, I have an excuse. But you know he is way too busy making A-List movies to bother with TV. Whereas I'm wondering like, "why isn't Flavor Flav back on the air?"

    It was just one of the greatest moments of my life. To be able to shoot a movie with Steven Soderbergh is just an absolute thrill...

    OMC: And Matt Damon.

    JM: There's a really good reason why he is an A-list movie star because he is an incredible actor, dramatic and comedic, and he is about of nice of a guy as you're ever going to encounter.

    McHale: "It is a comic role. It’s a dark comedy. I’m serious. Soderbergh saw this story as a comedy. The fact that this was real makes it one of those human stories where there is comedy there."

  • A quote from young actor Conor Donovan, who played the young Matt in The Departed:

    Q: What advice have you gotten from the actors you have worked with?

    Donovan: The advice I have gotten is in the form of watching them do their acting and watching them as people. The way Matt Damon leads his life, shying away from the paparazzi and the public scene, and the fact that he’s devoted to being a great actor, shows how to lead one’s own career.

  • And a quote from Jess Origliasso of Australian singing group The Veronicas, who met Matt recently after a concert with the Jonas Brothers in Palm Beach - from news.com.au:

    "We had a lot of cool people come to check out the shows," Jess gushed excitedly...

    "Matt Damon knew who we were. He was very charming - and very good-looking - and knew everything about us. He came to the show with a friend and his kids, and came up to talk to us. He told us we don't tour the US enough and it was a big deal to the kids that we were there."
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 17th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's "Rank"

    And while we're on the subject of how great Matt is (and aren't we always?), here's a quote from the eminent and very well-respected film critic from The New Yorker, David Denby, who says in his review of DiCaprio's performance in "Body of Lies" (October 13, 2008), "Along with Matt Damon, he is our most reliably effective young leading man." Matt and Leo. After their great work in "The Departed", perhaps they'll be teamed again and make another terrific film. Certainly Matt's got plenty more in him.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 18th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for your answer.
    I've been a fan since Courage Under Fire and I've never stopped being a fan after seeing that movie.

    It's exactly the way my mom told his PA. I've been taping movies for her, since she was a little kid and somehow Matt always stuck around and made her smile.

    Have you met Matt once? I'm asking this because no matter how much I admire the guy, I would grow tired of running a site, doesn't matter what subject, eventually. And if I had actually met him, I would have another good reason to keep on going with it.

    If you're ever planning on making a website about him, I'll be glad to help, since I've graduated as a webdesigner.

    Love from the Netherlands,

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 18th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    I still have to say.. that I'm not very fortunate on having another Bourne coming out.
    From what I've understood earlier, Matt wouldn't want to make another movie unless it's 10 years later and it's a really good script.
    They've got to stop trying to get some more money out of this.
    All good things come to and end and to me, TBU had a excellent ending.
    We all still will be wondering what Jason is up to, but relieved that his fight is over.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 18th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt and Paul said back in March at the Empire awards that they wouldn't do another film unless there was a great script and a lot of other things fell into place. I think the movie's a long way off and they certainly haven't agreed to it without script approval.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Quantom of Solace review coins "Bournian" as new term

    It's funny timing that word that Universal's ordered a new Bourne script at the same time a review of the new James Bond film "Quantom of Solace" appears from the UK. The review reference Bourne, but not in a good way for the Bond movie (http://www.aintitcool.com/node/38784): "... an extremely Bournian rooftop pursuit ... disorientating in the extreme: too fast,too sloppy and too ruthlessly edited... Fight scenes often seem practised and stagey...perhaps former Paul Greengrass protege Dan Bradley should be held responsible...as Bond jumps through yet another window, you may feel like yelling, Alan Partridge style, "STOP GETTING BOURNE WRONG!")..." Loved the reference "Bournian", funny, eh? About the 4th Bourne. Thank heaven that at least they aren't using the lousy Bourne books written by Eric Van Lustbader. Besides a few feeble attempts to relate the "new" Bourne to the original one, the Jason Bourne in these books has NOTHING to do with the original Jason Bourne or even the JB from Matt's movies. Just a generic protagonist. But I digress - about the movie. Of course I want more Bourne, but find it hard to believe that a 4th movie will be as good as the others, so I'd prefer, like you, no more Bourne movies. -- As always, thanks for this great website! Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 19th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Quantom of Solace review coins "Bournian" as new term

    Thanks for the Bond review (and criticisms of it!) Cheryl. The Bond people keep denying their films have any relationship to Bourne, but they keep stealing elements, and personnel. I'm sure Bond will be a huge success, much bigger than Ultimatum, but Bourne has undeniably helped it find its renewed spark.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 19th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


    There's one grainy photo of Matt and Lucy attending the wedding of Marquis Jets co-founder Jesse Itzler and Spanx founder Sara Blakely in Boca Grande, Florida, at Just Jared.


    Edited at 2008-10-19 08:33 pm (UTC)
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