Edward Berger, director of “Nothing New on the Western Front”, is on the cards to direct.
It seems the trend of reviving beloved movie franchises continues unabated in Hollywood. Now it’s time for the action series Jason Bourne, which met with the audience in 2016 with its 5th movie.
Deadline reports that the sixth film in the Jason Bourne franchise is in development at Universal Pictures, and the studio is in talks with “All’s New on the Western Front” director Edward Berger to develop and direct the project.
The film is currently very early in official development, so there is no script yet. If Berger and Universal reach an agreement, it will be the director’s first project after winning numerous awards and the Oscar for Best International Feature for “Nothing New on the Western Front.”
Matt Damon, who played the character Jason Bourne in four of the five films in the series, is expected to join the project after the script is completed, but this process may take some time, as the actor has stated that he will not return to the series without a truly solid script.
The Bourne series has become one of Universal’s 21st century success stories. Freelance adaptations of Robert Ludlum’s novels began in 2002 with “The Bourne Identity,” directed by Doug Liman; The film was a huge success, earning $214 million from a $60 million budget and received very positive reviews.
This continued with the Paul Greengrass-directed sequels “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum”; These were much better received critically, and the third film was also a major commercial success, earning $442 million on a budget of $130 million.
Afterwards, the series stumbled. 2012’s Jeremy Renner-led “The Bourne Legacy” and Damon’s comeback in 2016 with “Jason Bourne” were met with mixed reviews despite being solid box office grosses.