Since 2007's Bourne Ultimatum, fans of super spy Jason Bourne have been waiting patiently for the next installment of the critically acclaimed franchise. Unfortunately, for months, all we've gotten out of director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon is that the movie is "being worked on" and that they "have a story, but not a script." Luckily, thanks to Steve Weintraub over at Collider, we have a little bit more information on the film that indicates the possibility of the movie moving along sooner than you think.
At a press conference for Damon's new film, The Informant, Weintraub asked the Academy Award-winner about the project. I've excerpted some of Damon's answers below. For the full interview, head over to Collider.
On the likelihood of filming Bourne 4:
"We love the character and we would love to do another one...but we are really serious about trying to get the story and the script right because the only thing more disappointing than not having another one of these movies is, for us or for movie fans is would be to make one that isn’t good. Because everyone would say, “they should have quit after three”. And we’d feel that way too."
On whether or not he's read any of the scripts for Bourne 4:
"Not yet...He [Paul Greengrass] hasn’t had a break literally since he did “The Bourne Supremacy” - which is six years ago now. [After his break] he said he’d come to New York and we’d sit down and we’d talk seriously about it.
As far as I'm concerned, Damon hit it right on the head. If the script is no good, there is no reason to produce an additional sequel that would only demean the franchise. That being said, it is good to see that there is still a definite interest on both of their parts to keep the franchise alive. Few films in the last 10 years have combined intelligent and creative storytelling with impressive action quite as successfully as the Bourne franchise.
In addition to the Bourne franchise, Damon and Greengrass recently worked together on the war film, The Green Zone. By the time that film comes out (March 12th, 2010), I'm sure we'll have a much clearer picture on where Bourne 4 stands, as well as which one of the two parallel scripts they end up using.
What do you think? Are you eager to see Bourne back in action again?