C'mon Hollywood #186
... do something different with Bourne!
When the news came out last week that Universal had signed up the Robert Ludlam library (or at least "first look" rights), most notably the Bourne franchise, my initial reaction was; ďgood dealĒ. I dig the Bourne films and Ludlam has some other stories that I think would make good films. But then I thought about it for a while and realized that Universal is probably thinking that more of the same is the route to take with the Bourne franchise and I definitely donít think thatís a good deal. If everyone is thinking about making a few more films, then we need a new director and some fresh ideas.
Iíll go on record as saying that I thoroughly enjoyed all three of the Bourne films, but I really donít want to see a fourth if itís going to be a copy of the second and third films. And as much as I appreciate Paul Greengrassís ADHD editing, I think itís time they gave the reigns over to someone else. Donít get me wrong, Greengrass has skills as a director and has a very original take on the action genre. However, heís done two very good, but very similar action films and a third might alienate audiences to the point that they wonít come back. Bourne needs to beÖreborn and given a new style and a new story to go with it.
Great action in the second and third
Perhaps more than a new director, Bourne needs a new storyline. Please donít let the forgetful one forget his name again, or his occupation, or how he got his skills, etc. We get it; he had amnesia and heís pissed off. Letís thrust him into a different situation. Steal from Ludlamís other books and call it ďBourneĒ if you want, but the amnesia schtick has run its course. Iíd like to see him in a situation that heís agreed to be in. Maybe he goes back to work for the government or something. Itís not like he has a skill set thatís useful for anyone other than spies anyway. Maybe a foreign government captures him or something, I donít know. Just make sure he remembers how he got there.
But I still really like the first one
Finally, thereís Matt Damon. As in, donít even think about doing a Bourne movie without him. Heís the reason the films are half as good as they are. Heís also a prime example of what an action movie can be if you have someone that can actually act and not just recite one liners. I doubt Universal is considering making a Bourne film without him, but just in case; donít let it happen! Sometimes a movieís name is all you need to carry a film, but thatís definitely not the case with the Bourne films. Damon is Bourne, period.
Are they ever going to do anything with her character?