Paul Greengrass quits Bourne 4

Franchise in doubt as director walks


The slow development of the fourth Jason Bourne flick took another hit today as director Paul Greengrass - a man as intricately linked to the films as star Matt Damon himself - walked out on the project in a row over the script.

Details are still sketchy, but it would appear that Greengrass wasn't happy when Universal brought in up-and-coming writer Josh Zetumer to work on a 'parallel' screenplay for the film, rewriting the one already penned by Ocean's 12's George Nolfi.

Greengrass has already been under pressure from Universal over the way he's handled the budget on the forthcoming Green Zone, which has suffered reshoots and a $150 million pricetag.

If Greengrass has left Bourne 4 for good (and it's early days yet - he could be lured back), Damon could well decide to remain loyal to him and refuse to shoot with anyone else.

Pure speculation, of course, but Greengrass has made the franchise his own and it's hard to imagine anyone else swinging in to the rescue.

Unless, that is, Bourne Identity director Doug Liman fancies a break from Jumper 2 and mourning his cancelled Knight Rider TV reboot...


Without Greengrass, will Bourne be the same? Should Damon stick by his side? Sound off below...



    • JammieD

      Dec 1st 2009, 8:51

      Let's be honest if Greengrass has walked because of the script that doesn't bode well for the movie as a whole. Damon should get out there faster than someone at a Pauly Shore movie marathon.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 1st 2009, 12:55

      All the studio has to do is to get word out that Brett Ratner or Micheal Bay are taking an interest and Greengrass will be all over the film like a bad suit

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    • mikey2127

      Dec 1st 2009, 17:50

      Doug Liman did a great job with identity and would do a great job again, each director brings something different to a series, example the bond films, i think martin campbell could probably make a good bourne 4

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    • namedropper

      Dec 1st 2009, 20:37

      Judging by the trailer for Green Zone then Greengass has already made Bourne 4. It sometimes appears to me that Liman's work on the first Bourne has been airbrushed out of people's Bourneville memory. I think it's a cracking movie and certainly as good as 2 and 3. I don't believe a fourth movie is required.

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    • joker16

      Dec 1st 2009, 22:42

      First of all the idea of a 4th Bourne is b******t. It's just the studios looking to make another blockbuster(that's all there green-lighting these days). I mean how great was the final moment of bourne 3. Wouldn't it be great if they leave it like that? But of course they won't, not when there's money to be made. I feel bad for Matt. He should absolutely back out if he can. Which he probably can't due to a contract of some kind. Same goes for Batman 3. It would be a shame for Damon to ruin his clean track record with bourne 4. Someone needs to destroy studio greed. Everyone can help by not going to see stupid f*****g movies like New Moon and Transformers!

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