According to Deadline Universal has hired Tony Gilroy to write the script for Bourne 4. Gilroy has worked on all the past Bourne scripts and has been called “the key screenwriter” behind the Bourne franchise, so it looks like it is in good hands.
Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are back to produce and Universal are aiming to release the film sometime in 2012. No word yet on whether Matt Damon or Paul Greengrass will be back, however.
Greengrass announced in December that he would not be returning to direct the fourth film, with speculation that it was due to a rift between Universal and himself over the hiring of writer Josh Zetumer. Matt Damon said he wouldn’t do it without Greengrass, and in February the actor said “there’ll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one.”
I’m guessing Universal would prefer to get Greengrass and Damon back, although they may end up hiring another actor/director combo if the duo decides against returning. Greengrass has nothing lined up at the moment (so far as we know) having recently decided against directing a remake of the 1966 sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage for James Cameron.
Do you want to see Greengrass/Damon return for Bourne 4, or would you be more interested in a prequel/reboot?