Given the deluge of news surrounding Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot yesterday, it’s not surprising that many fans missed out on another major announcement: the selection of a new director for the Bourne franchise.
Deadline reports that Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter behind all three Bourne movies, has been chosen by Universal Pictures to helm the fourth installment in the spy thriller series based on the late Robert Ludlum’s novels, tentatively titled The Bourne Legacy. It’s currently unknown whether or not Matt Damon will reprise his role as Jason Bourne for Gilroy’s movie, as the actor has previously expressed his unwillingness to continue the franchise without Paul Greengrass in the director’s chair. But Gilroy is a familiar quantity to the Bourne brand, increasing the likelihood that Damon could have a change of heart and return after all.
Already an accomplished screenwriter with the Bourne movies as well as scripts for Proof of Life and State of Play on his resume, Gilroy has made a name for himself as a director with the Oscar-winning Michael Clayton in 2007 and Duplicity in 2009.
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