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Paul Greengrass Explains Why He'll Never Make Another 'Bourne' Film (For The Umpteenth Time)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 13, 2013 3:31 PM
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You hold out hope because, well, that’s what you do (and maybe because you weren’t so down with chems). Maybe, maybe maybe, Paul Greengrass will make another Jason ‘Bourne’ movie and then Matt Damon—who has repeatedly said he will not make one without Greengrass—will be back on board, right? ‘Bourne’ producer Frank Marshall has even said his "dream" would be to have a ‘Bourne’ film that stars both Jeremy Renner and Damon.

Forest Whitaker To Play Martin Luther King Jr. In Paul Greengrass' Revived Biopic 'Memphis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 7:53 PM
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It has been a long journey for Paul Greengrass' "Memphis." Originally greenlit by Universal and slated for a February 2012 release on Martin Luther King Jr weekend, the movie was scuttled in the spring of 2011, as the studio grew nervous when the estate of the late civil rights leader became critical of the project, upset by portions of screenplay which touched upon MLK's rumored infidelity, including one scene that had someone procuring a hotel room for one of his trysts. It wouldn't be until November 2012 when foreign backers Wild Bunch came on board to finance the movie, and now with Abu Dhabi-based Veritas Films in the mix as well, it's full steam ahead as the movie looks to be Greengrass' next. And a leading man has been found.

Paul Greengrass' Martin Luther King Film 'Memphis' Coming Back To Life

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 16, 2012 7:10 PM
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Breaking: After getting shelved by Universal Pictures in April of last year, director Paul Greengrass’ would-be project about the final days of Martin Luther King Jr., "Memphis,” is back on again with producer Scott Rudin in tow. After Universal backed out last year, after reportedly getting cold feet about the MLK estate's issues with the allegations of infidelity in the screenplay, the project had no funding and Greengrass turned his attention to "Captain Phillips," his Somali pirates picture starring Tom Hanks set up over at Sony. Without funding, they essentially abandoned it.

Paul Greengrass' 'Memphis' Finding New Life? Icon U.K. Group In Talks To Finance The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2011 11:41 AM
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While Paul Greengrass has spent the year circling a number of films to mark his follow-up to "Green Zone," it's "Memphis" that remains the project that got away. This spring, Universal yanked the plug on the director's Martin Luther King Jr. project that was gearing up to go into production with an ambitious February 2012 release date tentatively slated. With financing and distribution on the project gone, "Memphis" slid to the backburner, though Greengrass remained cautiously optimistic.

Author Robert Harris Says Paul Greengrass Is Going To Direct An Adaptation Of 'The Fear Index'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2011 5:52 AM
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Meanwhile, Greengrass Says 'Memphis' Will Get Made In "Due Course" Updated: Reps for Paul Greengrass confirm that he is indeed attached to this project.

Paul Greengrass Finally Chooses? 'Maersk Alabama' With Tom Hanks Appears To Be Next

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 8:14 AM
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About a week ago, it was reported that Paul Greengrass -- still on the hunt for this next film -- had added two more two his plate of potential gigs: the Somali pirate hostage story, now called "Maersk Alabama" with Tom Hanks attached or a Peter Morgan scripted Formula One racing movie, "Rush." But it looks like one film is finally taking the pole position.

Allegations Of Infidelity In Paul Greengrass' 'Memphis' Script Troubled Martin Luther King Estate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 5:52 AM
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Lee Daniels' 'Selma' Also Ran Afoul Of MLK FamilyWe wished it was some kind of cruel April Fool's Day joke, but last Friday it was revealed that Universal was bailing on "Memphis," the Martin Luther King Jr. pic that was written and set to be directed by Paul Greengrass. The project was a big one. It was being prepped to start shooting in June with a release date already targeted for MLK weekend in February 2012. Universal pulled funding and claimed tight scheduling as an issue, however Deadline revealed that the estate of the late civil rights leader was "highly critical" of the film and threatened to openly and publicly condemn the project if it ever went in front of cameras. And now, more details have come to the fore.

Universal Gets Cold Feet, Bails On Backing Paul Greengrass' MLK 'Memphis' Film

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 2, 2011 2:24 AM
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Director Paul Greengrass cannot catch a break it seems. Ever since the documentarian turned feature-length filmmaker bailed on the 4th 'Bourne' movie, he's had a string of bad luck. His Iraq war thriller, "Green Zone" ballooned around the $150 million mark (even though $100 million is the figure released) and the film pulled in a paltry $35 million domestically even with Jason Bourne-lead Matt Damon as the star. Universal took a beating on the film and the friction on that picture is part of what led Greengrass to leave 'Bourne' (though it should be said that, creatively, Damon and Greengrass were exhausted and would have left the franchise regardless). Waiting in the wings all this time was a Jimi Hendrix biopic that Greengrass had been working on since the early aughts and he had even found a star in "Hurt Locker" actor Anthony Mackie, but the Hendrix estate ultimately balked and the project was deep-sixed.

Universal Greenlights Paul Greengrass Directed 'Memphis'; Filming Starts In June

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2011 7:42 AM
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Despite the rather ugly dissolution of "Bourne 4" and the poor box office performance of "Green Zone," it looks like Paul Greengrass and Universal are still best buds after all.
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