THE BOURNE LEGACY Has Found It's Director
Published: October 4, 2010 - 2:05pm
Tony Gilroy, screenwriter for the next Bourne film installment, has beeb tapped by Universal Pictures to direct the film; no word yet if Matt Damon is signed on to return.
Gilroy was recently hired by the studio to pen the script for the fourth Bourne film (tentatively titled The Bourne Legacy), and now, according to Deadline Hollywood, he will also direct it. This would mark the third film he both wrote and directed, the first two being Micheal Clayton and Duplicity.
The first three films in the franchise, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum were adapted from the popular Ludlam novels by Gilroy; with director Paul Greengrass helming the last two. Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith of Captivate Entertainment are attached as producers, and Universal is eying a 2012 theatrical release date for the film.
Matt Damon, on the other hand, may not return to portray the title character. He has stated earlier that his reprisal depended on the return of Greengrass to the director's chair. Universal and Greengrass had a falling out of sorts earlier this year over the project, and it is still unclear whether Damon will stand by the director or the franchise he helped make popular worldwide.
The studio has stated that, if Damon optioned not to play Jason Bourne once again, they would recast the role.