The fourth Bourne installment took a seeming step backward when it was announced that writer-director Tony Gilroy's (Michael Clayton) script wouldn't include the character of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon). Gilroy, who helped write all three of the previous Bourne movies, was tasked by Universal with writing Bourne 4 in June. Then, when The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass decided he wouldn't return for a fourth, the studio hired Gilroy to direct.
But why no Bourne in Bourne 4? For one, once Greengrass bowed out, Damon countered, saying he "wouldn't do [another Bourne] with anyone" other than Greengrass. This left Gilroy the opportunity to expand the Bourne mythology, though Gilroy admitted to Deadline that when he met with the estate for Bourne author Robert Ludlum back in the spring, he told them he had no ideas for a fourth Bourne. What ideas does he now have? >> Posted 10.21.10 by Ryan