Producer Frank Marshall revealed today at The Curious Case of Benjamin Button where the next “Bourne” adventure might be headed, citing one of Robert Ludlum’s books, “The Parsifal Mosaic” as potential source material.
Q: What’s happening with “Bourne” now that you have access to the Robert Ludlum library?
Frank Marshall: Well, that’s the good news. We now have access to all the Ludlum story ideas. We’re going to make the fourth movie from them.
Q: And Matt’s signed on?
Marshall: No, the only people signed on right now is George Nolfi, the writer, and me. We have to get a good script and then, hopefully, Matt will follow.
Q: Would this come at all from the new book, “The Bourne Betrayal”?
Marshall: No, the “Bourne Betrayal” was written by a friend of Ludlum’s…. It had nothing to do with us…. We want to stay true to the original character.
Q: Any ideas for a “Bourne” title?
Marshall: Well, there’s a lot of jokes. “Bourne Again,” “Bourne Yesterday,” “Bourne Free,” “Bourne on the Fourth.” I actually want to do that. Call it that and release the movie on the fourth.
Q: Would you want to do a straight adaptation from one of the novels?
Marshall: Actually, there is. “The Parsifal Mosaic” is one that we like.
“The Parsifal Mosiac,” not a “Bourne” adventure as a novel, deals with a U.S. spy who falls in love with another spy who is revealed to be a double agent just before her death. When he retires from the business, though, the spy learns that she may still be alive and sets out to learn the truth.