Josh Zetumer, scribe of Peter Bergâ€™s upcoming â€œDuneâ€ redo, has been snapped up by Universal to pen the third sequel to â€œThe Bourne Identityâ€.
Youâ€™ll recall that George Nolfi was initially onboard the project as scribe, but heâ€™s knee-deep in [another Matt Damon flick] â€œThe Adjustment Bureauâ€, of which heâ€™s the writer and director, and as Universal wants to get the new â€œBourneâ€ off-the-ground as soon as possible, he’s had to hand over the Remington to someone else
The Hollywood Reporter says it is unclear what will occur after Zetumer submits his draft or whether his script will be integrated with Nolfi’s.
“Our hope is that Nolfi, a key member of the ‘Bourne’ team, will return after he is done with ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ ” a Universal spokesperson said.
Writing two scripts, though rare, is not without precedent in the tentpole movie world. “Star Trek: Generations,” “Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer” and “Wolverine” are movies that had parallel scripts commissioned and sometimes had them combined. “Conan,” still in development, is another project that falls into that category.
Frank Marshall and Jeffrey Weiner are producing the latest “Bourne” instalment, which will see Matt Damon reprising his role as the amnesiac super-spy.
Aside from the abovementioned â€œDuneâ€, Zetumer penned â€œThe Infiltratorâ€, which Leonardo Di Caprio is attached to.