Berlin delivers 'Ultimatum' locales


COLOGNE, Germany -- Matt Damon will return to Berlin and Studio Babelsberg for location shooting on "The Bourne Ultimatum," the third installment in the franchise based on the books by Robert Ludlum.

Paul Greengrass ("United 93"), who helmed the second Bourne film, "The Bourne Supremacy," will begin shooting in Babelsberg at the end of the month, said Henning Molfenter, managing director of Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, the studio's production arm. Babelsberg will act as a production service provider to Universal Pictures on the Berlin shoot.

This is the second Bourne film to lens in Berlin, following Doug Liman's "The Bourne Identity," the film that launched the franchise in 2002.

Greengrass and Damon are crisscrossing the globe for "Ultimatum," which also includes shooting days in Morocco, Spain, France, the U.K. and the U.S.

Damon already was scheduled to come to Berlin in February for the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd," which stars Damon as C.I.A. founder Edward Wilson, is running in competition in Berlin.