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Even though almost everyone involved with the franchise has been pretty adamant that the third film would be the last in the series, it looks like Universal Pictures is going ahead with a fourth Bourne movie. Variety says a Bourne 4 is “on tap” and figures prominently into Universal Pictures’ future plans.

The question is whether any of the principals will have anything to do with it. There is no movie without Matt Damon, but Damon has said in the past he’d only be interested in returning to the character “maybe years down the road”, and even then only if the last two movies’ director Paul Greengrass is helming it. Greengrass on the other hand is in heavy demand, as one of Hollywood’s best directors. It seems unlikely that he’d want to do another movie right after the last one, even if The Bourne Ultimatum was one of the best movies of the year and won two Oscars.

But despite the unlikelihood of either Greengrass or Damon returning so soon, apparently Universal has managed to lock both of them up for a fourth Bourne movie. Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are indeed coming back for Bourne 4. My feelings are a little mixed here. The third movie was so incredible, it seems like it’d be almost impossible to top it, and it really was a great place to end the series. There’s nothing like going out on a high note. On the other hand, through three movies Bourne has gotten better with every installment. I’m definitely not tired of the character and there are plenty of places left to take him. We haven’t had enough of Jason Bourne.