Universal Pictures is embarking on a new project to expand the acclaimed Jason Bourne series, with talks of Edward Berger, the renowned filmmaker behind “All Quiet on the Western Front,” potentially directing the new installment.
This development signals the continuation of the blockbuster franchise that has already produced five successful films, with four featuring Matt Damon in the iconic role of the amnesiac super-spy, Jason Bourne. Collectively, these films have grossed over $1.6 billion at the global box office, marking their significant impact in the action-thriller genre.
While the project is in its nascent stages, the prospect of a new Bourne movie has generated considerable interest. Currently, the film lacks a script and a writer, leaving the direction and scope of the narrative open to speculation.
There’s also uncertainty regarding the return of original cast members, including Matt Damon, who first portrayed Bourne in 2002’s “The Bourne Identity” and last appeared in the role in 2016’s “Jason Bourne.” The potential involvement of Jeremy Renner, who played Aaron Cross in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” is also undetermined.
Edward Berger’s consideration for the director’s role adds a layer of intrigue to the project. Berger has recently gained acclaim for his work on the World War I epic, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” which secured four Oscars, including Best International Feature Film.
His recent thriller, “Conclave,” starring Ralph Fiennes and John Lithgow, has also been acquired for U.S. distribution, further cementing his status as a filmmaker of note.
Berger’s potential involvement could signal a fresh and unique take on the Bourne narrative, continuing the legacy of esteemed directors like Doug Liman, Paul Greengrass, and Tony Gilroy who have previously helmed Bourne films.
As of now, Universal Pictures has not provided any comments regarding the development of this new Bourne film. The anticipation and speculation surrounding this project underscore the enduring appeal of the Jason Bourne saga and its significant place in action cinema. Fans and industry observers alike are keenly watching how this project evolves, especially in terms of casting decisions and narrative direction.