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The Greengrass Ultimatum: Director says he’s officially done with BOURNE series

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
February 26th, 2010

CHUD recently spoke to director Paul Greengrass for his new film, the aptly titled GREEN ZONE (or THE BOURNE GREEN ZONE as I like to call it) and got some new information straight from the man himself on BOURNE 4. After a back-and-forth of sorts, it seems that Greengrass is officially kaput with the adventures of Jason Bourne.

Interestingly enough, Matt Damon recently said that he would hold out'til Greengrass came around and thought the director would surely come back once they found the right script but, after reading this, it seems that the Scotsman is walking away from the life of a spy. In a gentlemanly way of course. Check out what the director had to say after the jump.

"I have moved on," Greengrass said. "I finished [Green Zone] in July, had the summer off, and I came back and thought I could find a way to get engaged and make [a fourth Bourne film], [but] I thought in my head there were so many other things and films I wanted to make. I didn't have the fire in my belly. Not that I don't like Jason Bourne, not that I'm not extremely grateful to the franchise, not that I'm extremely close to the studio - there were no arguments. I didn't feel like I had anything else to contribute. It just happens with franchises; you get to a point where you feel like you've done it."

Greengrass has said something similar to this before in relation to needing a new challenge with the series. All joking aside, I just find it odd that he would do a film like GREEN ZONE, which so closely resembles BOURNE. That's not to say I'm not excited for GREEN ZONE. I love Greengrass' style, his films, and what he did with the two BORUNE films he served as a director on. So, with that said, what is that new challenge the director is looking for?

"Could it be a romantic comedy?" he joked. "Probably not. It'll probably be some gigantic action movie, but it'll be fun and new. Watch this space."

Greengrass also spoke a little in relation to the future of BOURNE, his future with Universal and his future with Matt Damon, "They need to find someone else to come in to take it in a new direction I wouldn't have thought of and it will be better. I'll continue to make movies with the studio, and I'll continue to make movies with Matt, because there are a lot of movies I'd like to make with him. In the end in your creative journey through life you need new challenges, and I've come to that place."

Could that new direction be the rumored prequel, which would flashback to the early years of Jason Bourne played by a younger actor, only to have Matt Damon return for a fifth film? I guess the future of Jason Bourne, like his past, is a cloudy one at this moment.

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