Matt Damon is to reunite with director Paul Greengrass for a fourth movie in the Jason Bourne franchise.

Oscar-winner Damon has played the amnesiac secret agent on three occasions, starring in Doug Liman's The Bourne Identity before British director Greengrass took the reins for the two sequels.

Damon and United 93 helmer Greengrass had both suggested that The Bourne Ultimatum - which won three technical prizes at Sunday night's Academy awards - would be the final instalment for the action hero, despite 2006 reports that the franchise could stretch to five films.

But according to Variety, the director-star team have been contracted for a fourth film about the deadly assassin, with both having agreed to rejoin the project.

Though author Robert Ludlum only penned three Jason Bourne books, both Damon and Greengrass said last year they would consider making a fourth as long as the other was involved.

And in a lengthy piece regarding Universal Studios' marketing plans, Variety reports that "recently, [studio chairman, Marc] Shmuger and [co-chairman, David] Linde landed Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon for a fourth Bourne movie, even though the director and star seemed ready to wrap it up after three pics".

The piece includes no details regarding a plot for a fourth film or a release date, but with both Damon and Greengrass occupied with other projects - including working together on Iraq thriller The Green Zone - a 2009 or 2010 release would seem probable.

Speaking at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Damon said he was "definitely done" with playing Bourne adding: "I think we've ridden that horse as far as we can.

"The character lives on in the books and if someone else wanted to play it, I guess they could," he added.

25/02/2008 12:15:01