If you didn’t think it was official when Universal announced it a while back, then it’s official now: Universal has officially hired a scribe to tackle the sequel in George Nolfi, who co-wrote the previous installment, “The Bourne Ultimatum”, with co-writer Scott Z. Burns. The Hollywood Reporter notes that this will be the first time a Bourne film is created without original material from Robert Ludlum’s three Bourne books, which just goes to show you that no one at The Hollywood Reporter has read the Ludlum Bourne books, because short of the first 30 minutes or so of the first “Bourne Identity”, the rest of the film franchise had nothing do with the novels. None. Zero. Zilch. So what’s the difference now that they don’t have a Ludlum book to rape — er, I mean, adapt? Not a damn thing.
Universal has tapped scribe George Nolfi to pen the fourth installment of the studio’s multimillion-dollar Jason Bourne franchise.
Nolfi co-wrote 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum” with Scott Z. Burns and the story’s creator Tony Gilroy, which brought in $443 million at the boxoffice worldwide and is one of the studio’s top-grossing films of all time.
While the trilogy of Bourne films were adapted from Robert Ludlum’s books, the fourth will be based on an original story.
Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two Bourne films, and Matt Damon are also attached to the new film.
“While the trilogy of Bourne films were adapted from Robert Ludlum’s books…” SNICKER.
Let me guess where they’ll take Jason Bourne in part 4: somewhere where he can foil an EEEEEEEEEEVIL scheme by the EEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL CIA? One can only hope. If what producer Frank Marshall says still holds true, this will mean a trip south to South America for our amnesiac assassin.
Below: Jason Bourne is a master assassin, but he sucks at asking for directions.