Fourth Bourne movie starring Matt Damon coming in 2010

The Bourne franchise is a profitable one and Universal Pictures plans to cash in with another film following the chiseled amnesiac as he tracks down the source of the conspiracy that turned him into a killing machine. Bourne series author Robert Ludlum passed away in 2001, leaving only three Bourne books completed. Three additional books in the series have been written by Eric Van Lustbader, with another book coming out next year. There’s plenty of material to create an action series to rival James Bond, and Universal has worked out a deal with Ludlum’s estate so that they have exclusive rights to the Bourne character along with the opportunity to convert other Ludlum novels to film.

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.

Weiner will take offices on the Universal lot as part of the deal and hire development executives as the company takes an active hand in developing projects, including some not based on books by Ludlum. Weiner was the author’s accountant for 16 years before being tapped by Ludlum to be estate executor and to run the holding company that produces his movies and publishes his books and videogames.

“Universal has done such an excellent job with the first three films that they deserve the opportunity to keep Jason Bourne at the studio forever,” Weiner told Daily Variety.

[From Variety]

I love the Bourne movies, they’re such a masterful mix of action and real emotion without being too glossy.

After the third movie came out last year Damon categorically said it would be his last and that “I’m definitely done with that. I think we’ve ridden that horse as far as we can. The character lives on in the books and if someone else wanted to play it, I guess they could.” He also said that he felt old doing the fight scenes at 36 and that “I definitely felt my age [on set]”

Damon is 38 now and he must have realized that a big chunk of cash for his growing family would make it worth it for him to revisit the character. He’s back in shape after gaining a lot of weight for his role as a troubled executive in the The Informant. He’ll make a good Bourne well into his 40s and there will be fans as long as he’s willing to play the role.

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  1. elisha says:

    My hubby is going to be so stoked on this.

    I wonder if they’ll develop the romance between Bourne and Julia Stiles’ character.

  2. MsLib says:

    You can’t blame him for changing his mind. The Bourne series is the one movie my husband and I enjoy together. Oh…and The Lion King.

  3. daisy424 says:

    I’m willing to pay to see another Bourne film. Can’t get enough of Matt on the big screen…….

  4. Anon says:

    I love these films. I just hope they’ll gradually move his character toward more strategic plots and less heavy on the fighting/stunts – that way they can grow with him.

  5. KateNonymous says:

    I just hope they get a different director, or that Greengrass decides that tripods aren’t the source of all evil in the world.

  6. Amy says:

    I love these movies! However I wonder where they will take the 4th movie because Bourne ended up solving the mystery to his amnesia loss and how he became a trained hitman.

  7. CiCi says:

    i hope they DON’T bring Julia STiles back – to me, she’s the worst thing about the movies. And why’d they have to kill of Marie so early – I loved their chem. in the first movie.

  8. Kaiser says:

    Yeah, I love Damon and the Bourne films, but I really enjoyed the finality of the third. :o

    But they seem to have a good reign on quality, so maybe they’ll make it work. :P

  9. ff says:

    Ha ha, he was done until he had more children.

    So long as Greengrass is on board and the script is good – you know, and it doesn’t suck. Why not?

    Bourne 3 had the best use of retcon ever! Now that’s how it should be done.

  10. Feebee says:

    Yay! But it’ll never really be an answer to James Bond… there’ll only ever be one Bourne, or maybe that’s what Connery’s Bond fans think.

  11. Shay says:

    I think the Bourne series as good as James Bond and could be better if it continues.

  12. Pip says:

    I’d rather watch Bourne than Bond any day. Can’t wait for No.4.


  13. I had not seen a bourne movie until a month ago. Since that time I have viewed each sequel at least twenty times. I havw hundreds of DVDs but I just can’t get enough of Jasn Bourne I too am curious about the relationship with stiles and Damon. Please make a 4th!!

  14. Ian says:

    The problem is that the first movie was excellent but the rest are getting steadily worse – the third actually didn’t even have a recognizable plot. Big chase plus a bit of hair-cutting. Universal will make this series a laughing stock, in the same way that the Bond franchise has become a parody of itself.

  15. Sashank says:

    Wanna see 4th series soon………….and so on……….5th 6th 7th and so on………. foreva

  16. Bourneagain says:

    Matt Damon is Jason Bourne…I can’t imagine anyone else portaying the role of him. Matt is just such a great actor with good ideas about stunts, scripts, etc. When the fourth Bourne film comes out my friends and I will be lined up to see it.

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