Star Matt Damon has previously sworn not to return without Greengrass, so the ball is now in his court. Will he continue with a replacement director, or will Universal have to find a new Jason Bourne? Rumors that director Paul Greengrass has opted out of 'Bourne 4' have proven all too true. Greengrass, who directed the second and third 'Bourne' installments, today released a statement saying "there's been no disagreement with Universal Pictures" but that he's simply seeking "a different challenge."
Star Matt Damon has previously sworn not to return without Greengrass, so the ball is now in his court. Will he continue with a replacement director, or will Universal have to find a new Jason Bourne?
The trouble reportedly began when Universal hired a second screenwriter to draft a "parallel" version of the script without consulting Greengrass. Other reports point to Universal's unhappiness that Greengrass's most recent film with Damon, 'Green Zone,' (dubbed 'Bourne in Iraq') went over budget.
According to Variety, the top replacement candidate is Tony Gilroy, who had a hand in writing the three previous 'Bourne' films and has since directed 'Michael Clayton' and 'Duplicity.' Another possibility is Georg Nolfi who co-wrote 'Ultimatum' with Gilroy and the initial script for 'Bourne 4' before leaving to make his directorial debut with 'The Adjustment Bureau' -- starring none other than Damon.
Greengrass released this statement:
"You won't find a more devoted supporter of the 'Bourne' franchise than me. I will always be grateful to have been the caretaker to Jason Bourne over the course of 'The Bourne Supremacy' and ''The Bourne Ultimatum.' I'm very proud of those films and feel they express everything I most passionately believe about the possibility of making quality movies in the mainstream.
My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge. There's been no disagreement with Universal Pictures. The opportunity to work with the Bourne family again is a difficult thing to pass up, but we have discussed this together' and they have been incredibly understanding and supportive. I've been lucky enough to have made four films for Universal, and our relationship continues. Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on."
Doug Liman ('Mr. and Mrs. Smith') directed the first 'Bourne' film, 'The Bourne Identity' in 2002.
|Tony Gilroy ('Michael Clayton')||54 (18.9%)|
|George Nolfi ('Adjustment Bureau')||9 (3.2%)|
|Doug Liman ('The Bourne Identity')||163 (57.2%)|
|If it's not Paul Greengrass, then no one.||59 (20.7%)|