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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.
  • 4 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 22nd, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Mixed feelings about more Bourne

    Thanks for all the great updates. As we've discussed here before, I have mixed feelings about another Bourne movie. Can't wait and scared sick (that it'll be horrible) at the same time. Good that U got the name though, to keep it out of other hands. Will have to to look at the new People to see if it has a good pic of Matt. Thanks again! Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 23rd, 2008 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Mixed feelings about more Bourne

    Hi Cheryl - good to see a comment here! People does have a collection of photos of Matt over the past year (during his SMA reign), but I'm not sure what else they have.

    I really have faith that they will make a good Bourne movie, because nobody will want to let the franchise down (cast, crew or studio). And if they don't initially come up with a good one, they'll keep re-shooting until they do (like Green Zone at present).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 23rd, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    More Bourne

    I'm sure if the Damon/Greengrass team are involved in another Bourne movie, it will be of stellar quality. I just viewed United 93 (finally) - what an awesome story and great direction. It took me awhile to want to see the movie because it just seemed too close to the time and there are still tender feelings on the subject. I recommend seeing this movie to everyone; it is actually a must see film. Paul Greengrass is one of the best--there is now no doubt about it!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 24th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: More Bourne

    Totally agree with your comment. I would recommend Bloody Sunday too directed by Paul Greengrass. Growing up in England in the '70's the IRA was a big part of my childhood, and it brought it all back to me, the clothes, the awful weather, even the way people spoke, the heavy Northern Irish accents.

    It's a supberb docu-drama, and rightly won several awards, and he got a terrific performance out of James Nesbitt who has become a somewhat lazy and formulaic actor since then.

    I'm not worried about the Bourne franchise as long as it is in the hands of Paul Greengrass and his team. His filmmaking standards are probably the highest around at the moment. Marcia

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