Earlier today we learned of Zack Snyder (Watchmen) being named as the director of the next Superman film, and now Deadline has an exclusive announcement of the director of the fourth Bourne installment. Tony Gilroy, director of the boring films Duplicity and Michael Clayton, has been placed at the helm.
Mind you, while his only two directorial efforts are sub-par from what you would want from a Bourne director, he is known more for writing than directing. Not only did he write the screenplays for The Bourne Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum, but Gilroy also wrote Extreme Measures, The Devil’s Advocate, Armageddon, Proof of Life and State of Play. Since he has had such a good track record with writing the Bourne series thus far, I lean more towards thinking he will be a more-than-sufficient director for the next one.
There is not yet any word if Matt Damon will reprise his role as the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne.
The fourth Bourne film does not yet have a title, but since the other three followed the chronological titles of the novels from which they are loosely based, it is safe to bet that it will don the title of the fourth novel, The Bourne Legacy.
The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) was replaced for The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum by Paul Greengrass (United 93) – who I think did an amazing job. Many will disagree with me, though. It was Greengrass’ “shaky cam” shooting style of The Bourne Supremacy that created a nauseating trend in action films. As for me, I like his two Bournes the best and warmly welcome shaky cam to any worthy action flick.