Now that the writers' strike has come to an end, Universal is once again ramping up its feature film production slate. The big news, coming from Variety, is that Universal is moving ahead with a fourth installment of the The Bourne Identity franchise. Though both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass claimed they were calling it quits after the third installment The Bourne Ultimatum, they have both jumped back on the bandwagon for another film.

The studio is also gearing up the long rumored Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan follow-up Bruno, which would see Sasha Baron Cohen's fey hairdresser to the bigscreen. They are also trying to keep Guillermo Del Toro from heading off to New Zealand with New Line for four years, where he will likely be directing the two The Hobbit prequels. Their hope is that the director will stay with Universal and makes the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation At the Mountains of Madness instead.

Counting Universal's international production, it's domestic slate, and the films coming from its genre label Rogue and its specialty label Focus, the studio could have thirty-five films ready by 2010.

B. Alan Orange