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Bourne 3 script, London?
  • A very early draft of the Bourne Ultimatum script is reviewed at Latino Review. The final version is likely to bear almost no similarity to this one.

  • Matt's expected to film The Good Shepherd in London soon, but already? A sighting from UK's Mirror:

    Matt Damon, on his own, getting off the tube at Piccadilly Circus...

  • An excerpt from Roger Ebert's very positive review of Syriana at South Coast Today (some spoilers):

    "Syriana" is exciting, fascinating, absorbing, diabolical and really quite brilliant, but I'm afraid it inspires reviews that are not helpful. The more you describe it, the more you miss the point. It is not a linear progression from problem to solution. It is all problem. The audience enjoys the process, not the progress. We're like athletes who get so wrapped up in the game we forget about the score.

    In a hyperlink movie, the motives of one character may have to be reinterpreted after we meet another one. Consider the Matt Damon character. His family is invited to a party at the luxurious Spanish villa of the Gulf oil sheik whose sons are Nasir and Meshal. At the party, Damon's son dies by accident. The sheik awards Damon's firm a $100 million contract. "How much for my other son?" he asks. This is a brutal line of dialogue, and creates a moment trembling with tension. Later, Damon's wife (Amanda Peet) accuses him of trading on the life of his son. Well, he did take the deal. Should he have turned it down because his son died in an accident? What are Damon's real motives, anyway?

    I think "Syriana" is a great film. I am unable to make my reasons clear without resorting to meaningless generalizations. Individual scenes have fierce focus and power, but the film's overall drift stands apart from them. It seems to imply that these sorts of scenes occur, and always have and always will. The movie explains the politics of oil by telling us to stop seeking an explanation. Just look at the behavior. In the short run, you can see who wants oil and how they're trying to get it. In the long run, we're out of oil.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    UK Mirror sighting

    Maybe he's staying at the Ritz. It's just opposite the station.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    How does EL MAYIMBE manages to get his hands on first draft scripts so easily? Someone in the Universal house is surely a mole. A first draft should be on the writer's computer with one printed copy. Anyway, I'm not too impressed with the storyline either. But some of the plot lines don't make sense. How could this reporter find things out about Abbott/Treadstone that Landy didn't even know until she got clearance in TBS? If Bourne had this shoot-out in Red Square, which is a big, =big=, BIG place and took refuge in a pharmacy, (Where he what, operates on himself?) how did he make it back to NYC for the end of TBS? And then there are the "bad guys"? CIA bad? Stasi bad? KGB bad? Generic baddies? And there seems to be a little too much of this "Ross" in the script. Who's going to get the part, Jude Law? Because it sure sounds like Bourne is being shoved aside as the main protagonist. And I don't believe these "upgrades" EL alludes to. Treadstone is supposed to be dissolved. So who's controlling these strange-named kids, Pam Landy? And why aren't they out covertly assassinating instead of hareing after Jason? There's too much out-in-the-open stuff going on which really negates the first movie's idea of a near invisible, super-secret assassin who'd done his job admirably until the events of TBI.

    I hope Tony Gilroy hasn't been reading too much over on imdb.com's Bourne boards, because this sound like something those folks over there would come up with. And I hope Brian Hegiland is sitting by his phone.

    The only hopeful glean from this supposed first draft is that it sounds like Nikki won't be the love interest.


    From: stratus4life Date: December 8th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Ultimatum

    Dude, I was so happy to see the first script of Bourne Ultimatum!

    I was waiting for this plot for AGES!!!

    Congrats on your research hability!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 8th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and Luciana expecting a baby!

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