Fourth Bourne movie coming in 2010

Universal Pictures signed Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for a fourth Bourne film that George Nolfi is penning. The film will be readied for a summer 2010 release.

There’s the question of what the superspy would do in a fourth film. Robert Ludlum wrote only three Bourne books before he died, in 2001, and then Eric Van Lustbader put out the next two.

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Universal Pictures has made an overall deal with the estate of “The Bourne Identity” author Robert Ludlum that gives the studio exclusive rights to the Jason Bourne character and first look at other Ludlum novels.

The deal with Ludlum Entertainment paves the way for more installments in the Bourne saga, which was originally envisioned as a three-picture series but has become Universal’s answer to James Bond.

After the first three films grossed a total of more than $1 billion worldwide, U signed Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for a fourth film that George Nolfi is penning. Produced by Frank Marshall and Ludlum Entertainment chairman-CEO Jeffrey Weiner, the film will be readied for a summer 2010 release.

Weiner will take offices on the Universal lot as part of the deal and hire development executives as the company takes an active hand in developing projects, including some not based on books by Ludlum.

Weiner was the author’s accountant for 16 years before being tapped by Ludlum to be estate executor and to run the holding company that produces his movies and publishes his books and videogames.

“Universal has done such an excellent job with the first three films that they deserve the opportunity to keep Jason Bourne at the studio forever,” Weiner told Daily Variety.

[From Variety]

This is good news, I’m a big fan of the Bourne series. They’re such a masterful mix of action and genuine emotion.

Universal would be crazy to turn down this profitable and Oscar-winning franchise. “Bourne Identity” earned $214 million theatrically on a $60 million budget. “Bourne Supremacy” earned $288 million theatrically, on a $75 million budget. And “Bourne Ultimatum” made over $442 million theatrically on a $110 million.

I think with a good script, a fourth movie could work.

The Bourne Legacy! I cant wait!