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Monday 22 September 2014

Greengrass not thinking of Bourne

Paul Greengrass laughed off suggestions he and Matt Damon were making another Bourne film

Paul Greengrass has laughed off reports that he and Matt Damon are teaming back up to make another Bourne movie.

It was recently rumoured that the British director and Matt were in negotiations to return to work on the action thriller franchise.

But Paul laughed at the launch of the BFI London Film Festival 2013: "I read something but I haven't heard anything. I wouldn't worry about that if I were you!"

Paul's true-life thriller Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, will open this year's festival in London on October 9, making him the first British filmmaker to kick off the event since Kevin Macdonald in 2006.

He said: "It's a big honour and a big thrill. I'm a British filmmaker and I've always made my films here, and this film was made with a largely British crew, and if you support British filmmaking, as I do, there's no greater honour than this."

Paul was full of praise for his leading man, Hanks.

He gushed: "He's fantastic, he's what you'd expect. He's a brilliant brilliant actor, a gentlemen, fiercely intelligent and just a delight. And he was much loved by our crew. He's a much loved man."

Captain Phillips tells the real life story of the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009. Hanks stars as Captain Richard Phillips, the leader of the US container ship, who was taken hostage with his crewmates by Somalian pirates.

The 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from Wednesday October 9 until Sunday October 20.

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