Yesterday we told you about Paul Greengrass‘ rumored exit from the Jason Bourne franchise and now there’s official word that it’s true. The director released a statement today regarding his decision to leave the project, which will put a serious damper on Universal’s plans for Bourne 4. Where does this leave the franchise?
See what he had to say below…
“You won’t find a more devoted supporter of the Bourne franchise than me. I will always be grateful to have been the caretaker to Jason Bourne over the course of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. I’m very proud of those films and feel they express everything I most passionately believe about the possibility of making quality movies in the mainstream. My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge. There’s been no disagreement with Universal Pictures. The opportunity to work with the Bourne family again is a difficult thing to pass up, but we have discussed this together and they have been incredibly understanding and supportive. I’ve been lucky enough to have made four films for Universal, and our relationship continues. Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on.”
This entire statement sounds a bit suspect, because Greengrass seemed to love working on the films so his decision to leave comes out of left field. The major issue here was probably creative differences, which happens all the time. It’s great that he mentions that the franchise was established before him and will continue to go on after his exit. Once again, Doug Liman directed the first Bourne film, so what’s he up to? Greengrass is talented but he shouldn’t be the be all, end all.
Who should direct Bourne 4 now that Greengrass is out?