Bourne 4 Aiming For A Summer 2011 Release

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The last we heard about the fourth film in the Bourne franchise, is that it was definitely in the works with star Matt Damon and Supermacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass coming back for another go at it. This will be the first film in the series not based in any way on one of the Robert Ludlum books, so they’ll be working from a completely original script this time around.

The shooting for the film was reportedly set to start this summer, with a release of summer 2010 in sight. As it turns out, that isn’t the case – producer Frank Marshall has let us know via Twitter that there should be a first draft due in by this summer, and that the target date for release of the film is now summer 2011.

So that gives them a good amount of time to get all of the related people’s schedules cleared for all the work it’s undoubtedly going to take to make another one of these movies. If a draft is said to be done by this summer, that gives them a fair amount of time to re-write as needed, and hopefully/logically they should be shooting by, at the latest, autumn next year. Then of course they will have a few months to get all of the post-production done in time for summer 2011.

Marshall admits that these scripts (whether he means in general or any Bourne ones) take a long time from simply getting a very first draft done to what will be put onto screen. Bourne is an example of an action franchise that’s not just about brainless action sequences and cheesy one-liners – this is one of the few modern action series’ that truly gives us action and brains. I hope they continue that with this one, even if they have no original source material to base it on (although I’ve heard from a lot of people that they didn’t stick very close to the original books with the first three, either).

Speaking of the script, Marshall stated that it’s being written by Ultimatum and Ocean’s Twelve screenwriter George Nolfi, and he has also said before that he’d like to see Bourne head to South America for his next set of escapades.

When I first saw The Bourne Ultimatum, I was absolutely adamant that they leave it at that – to me it was a perfectly ambiguous closing off of a series that had told all that it needed to. But then word came of a possible fourth film, and I had to reconsider my initially closed-minded thoughts. The more I thought about them doing another one, the more I liked the idea, especially since they’re bringing back the main star (which is the most crucial thing in my eyes) and the fantastic, talented director of the second and third.

Although there were eight books written in total, only the first three were written by Robert Ludlum, which is probably why they are going with an original screenplay as opposed to just working off a non-Ludlum written fourth book. Since Nolfi was partly responsible for Ultimatum’s screenplay (alongside Tony Gilroy and Scott Z. Burns), I have every faith in him that he’ll come up with a great original screenplay for the fourth one.

I just wonder that if this fourth installment is as successful as the first three were (particularly the third), will they go ahead with even more sequels after that? It’s certainly within the realm of possibility – and if it’s warranted after this fourth one, I see no reason why they shouldn’t make a lot more.

Are you a fan of the Bourne series? Do you think there should be a fourth film, and even more after that?

Until we hear otherwise, Bourne 4 has an expected release date of summer 2011.

Source: /Film and Twitter

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  1. “This will be the first film not based in any way on one of the Robert Ludlum books, so they’ll be working from a completely original script this time around.”

    uh, oh …

    Absolutely love the Bourne Trilogy.

  2. It isn’t like they heavily based the movies off the books anyway. Anyone who has read the books and has seen the movies knows that they are very VERY loosely based off the books sharing very little beyond amnesia and a few names.

    I would really like to see them draw heavily upon the second book and follow it. If my memory is correct it involves Bourne going after an assassin that is impersonating him in Asia. It would be nice to see Bourne go up against somebody of his own caliber in the movies, an assassin that can handle him in hand-to-hand etc.

  3. Hopefully it will be good like the other 3.

  4. I’m all for it, is it me or do Production Companies have an obsession with South America, 1st we hear Fast and Furious 5 will be in Brazil, now the Producer wants to see Bourne in South America, oh well, it’ll still be a bad ass movie like the other 3 are.

  5. some people want the series killed off but I am not one of those people. i love the movies and can’t wait for this one too.

  6. Hype for this series seem to be reaching a new franchise that’ll soon rival that of the 007 series! Excited to see if it makes it.

  7. They can adapt the non-Ludlum books if they want to;
    they can work on a totally different and new story/script if they want to;
    they can take stuff out from past books that didn’t make past films if they want to.


    Thanks, take care.

  8. OMG! What is it with people and the shaky cam? As long as Greengrass is attached, there will be “shaky cam.” It’s not that bad, and I love it. It shows the true chaos of a fight. It’s been in two films, if you don’t like it, then you’ll have to deal with it and stop the whining. Please, just stop.

  9. i truly believe that the Bourne series could very well be the world’s next bond series, not tacked down to one main actor or director, and could be a series that blends into future generations. what matt damon and company have created here could, and in my opinion should, continue to live on and expand in the future.

  10. I would be happy if they brought Doug Liman back, shaky-cam just sucks! It was different in Supremacy in terms of style I will admit that, but then I hated it. I actually fell asleep in Ultimatum in the theatre (could be from a night shift work or lack of rest from the day, or whatever) but the shaky cam did not work for me. It was reminiscent to Tony Scott with Domino. The style worked fine in Man on Fire but when he went overload in Domino, it was too much. Same with this.

    Taylor has a good point, different stories, actors, directors, etc. I can see Guy Pearce as Bourne.

    Is it me or does Damon look exactly like Kurt Angle in that pic above?

  11. Looks like Capt. America to me. :)

  12. Looks like Bourne has become what they wanted Flint to be: an American James Bond. I’m with Kamakazi; I’d like to see Bourne go toe-to-toe with someone as good as him, like Moriarty is with Holmes.

    Is it me or does anyone else think of the marianette movie Team America: World Police anytime Matt Damon’s name is shown or spoken? :-)

  13. It is very possible to shoot a fight scene where it is clearly visible what is happening and still have it be very exciting without shaky cam and quick cuts. To me shaky cam and quick cuts is just lazy directing and usually done to disguise an actor’s lack of ability to do convincing martial arts.

    Don’t know how I feel about another Bourne movie. I liked all three and it’s certainly been a good series of action flicks with an above average story.

  14. I really hope this movie at least tones down the shaky cam, though I’d prefer they outright ditch it. The movies have gotten progressively worse in terms of camera work. There’s simply no reason for shaky cam in 90% of the third film. I can almost excuse it in action scenes, but when two people are talking and the camera man is obscuring half the guy’s face with the back of a head while simultaneously jerking around to zoom in on random things it is just out right distracting. I can’t pay attention to the dialogue, all I can do is imagine this cameraman trying to act like a sneak, hiding behind the actors.

    Some one should create a petition for no more shaky cam in the 4th, and in fact no more shaky cam period.