I just saw The Bourne Ultimatum this evening, the final installment of the Bourne Trilogy. It had all the elements that have made this franchise such a hit with moviegoers: action, intrigue, ingenious super-sleuth technology, shocking plot twists, and the requisite car chase. Not to mention, Matt Damon makes a really cool spy. The only negative I would give the movie is the herky-jerky camera movement. The technique was quite effective in the first two movies, but in this episode the wild camera swings were way over the top.
The movie is a huge hit, which raises the question of whether or not there will be a fourth movie. Chris Nashawity holds out some promise, but suggests there may be a hiatus for awhile. There’s one very obvious reason:
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 in his stead. In any case, the films have never had much in common with the books, titles notwithstanding. ”I just don’t see what story you could do that would feel right,” says Damon. ”It’s not like you can bump him on the head again and give him amnesia. Someone suggested we could do one where Bourne loses his car keys . . . .” If that’s what they’re coming up with, maybe a break isn’t a bad idea.
UPDATE (8/7/07): NY Post columnist Cindy Adams announces a fourth sequel is a “done deal.” But no quotes to back up that claim.
UPDATE (9/3/07): Judging from the link stats on this blog, there must be a lot of interest in another Bourne movie. Every weekend — when people are most likely to go to a movie — this particular blog entry gets barraged with hits. Apparently folks rush home from the theater and immediately get online to see when the next one is coming out.
UPDATE (12/7/07): Peter Sciretta sees evidence Matt Damon is now open to the possibility of a fourth movie. Quoting Damon:
“If Paul Greengrass, maybe years down the road, was interested in doing another one, then I would do it, too,” he said. “I don’t think either of us completely put the character to bed yet.”
But given the mediocre quality of the last two books, Sciretta thinks Hollywood might be better served to come up with an entirely new plotline for a fourth movie.
UPDATE (12/28/07): For his part, director Paul Greengrass won’t commit to doing a fourth movie — but neither will he rule it out.
I remember at the end of Supremacy you could just feel people coming out of the theatres wanting another one. You could just feel it in the audience and they’re the people who should decide that – not me or the studio or anybody else. If an audience wants another one that’ll be because there are some unresolved questions at the end of this one. They won’t want one if they feel that the story has come to its end.
So what is it, Bourne fans: Do we want a fourth movie?
UPDATE (2/23/08): It’s official — there will definitely be a fourth movie!
UPDATE (6/25/08): Producer Frank Marshall has announced that shooting of the fourth movie will begin in the summer of 2009, with release scheduled for 2010. The story line will be something original involving South America — nothing based on any of the books that followed the Robert Ludlum originals.