Universal Pictures Eyes New Jason Bourne Film, Director Edward Berger in Talks
After the success of his World War I epic “All Quiet On The Western Front” at the Oscars, director Edward Berger is reportedly in negotiations to oversee development and direct a new installment in the “Jason Bourne” franchise for Universal Pictures. Sources tell Deadline that the studio has begun early development on the project.
While Universal has not commented on the news, insiders close to the project have revealed that there is no script at this time and the project is still in early development. However, if a deal closes, Berger’s involvement with the project has generated excitement about the future of the “Bourne” franchise.
Matt Damon, who starred as Bourne in four of the five films, would be approached to return in the iconic role once a script is finished. However, Damon’s commitment to the project will depend on the quality of the script and story.
The “Bourne” franchise is a highly valued intellectual property for Universal, having brought both massive box office success and critical acclaim. Like the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “Bourne” is an important asset for the studio.
Berger’s recent success with “All Quiet on The Western Front,” which was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four, has put him in high demand. He is also known for his work on TV series such as “The Terror,” “Patrick Melrose,” and “Your Honor,” all of which have earned him accolades and nominations.
If the deal with Universal closes, Berger will be the key attachment to the project at this time. He is represented by Range Media Partners, CAA, and Casartto Ramsey & Associates.
The new “Jason Bourne” film is still in the early stages of development, and no further details about the plot or cast have been released. However, fans of the action franchise can expect more updates as the project progresses.