Tony Gilroy Is the Man Behind 'The Bourne Legacy'

The writer and director discusses the latest installment in the "Bourne" series.
4:31 | 08/02/12

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CONCERTS TO THE MOST-ANTICIPATED THRILLER OF THE SUMMER. "THE BOURNE LEGACY." IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU LOVE IN THE SERIES. ACTION, PASSION, CONSPIRACIES. IT'S A COMPLETE PACKAGE. AND THE MAN WHO BROUGHT IT ALL TO LIFE, TONY GILROY, ABOUT TO JOIN US. FIRST, LET'S LOOK AT WHAT HE BRINGS TO LIFE. FANS ARE COUNTING ON 41-YEAR-OLD JEREMY RENNER TO TAKE THE "BOURNE" SERIES TO THE NEXT LEVEL. HE'S PLAYING THE LEAD IN "THE BOURNE LEGACY," THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT IN THE WILDLY SUCCESSFUL BOURNE SERIES. THE BRAVE BEHIND THE SERIES, TONY GILROY, THE WRITER OF ALL OF THE PREVIOUS BOURNE SERIES, PULLS DOUBLE-DUTY. WRITING AND DIRECTING "THE BOURNE LEGACY." THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE SERIES WON'T STAR MATT DAMON. I'VE BEEN AT IT FOR 13 YEARS, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, ON THIS FRANCHISE. AND BUILDING IT UP IN A VARIETY OF WAYS. HOW CAN YOU DO A SEQUEL THAT KEEPS JASON BOURNE ALIVE? MATT DAMON SET THE BAR SO HIGH. IT'S A GREAT ACTING PART. WE NEED WORLD-CLASS, PLATINUM ACTORS. Reporter: SO, GILROY AND HIS TEAM ADDED A NEW CHARACTER, AARON CROSS, PLAYED BY RENNER. IT'S A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY, I SUPPOSE. IT DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING, HOWEVER. IF I WORK 10 DAYS ON A MOVIE OR 100 DAYS ON A MOVIE, IT'S THE SAME AMOUNT OF COMMITMENT. Reporter: GILROY HOPES THAT COMMITMENT ON-SET ULTIMATELY TRANSLATES INTO A SEAMLESS PERFORMANCE ON SCREEN. SAYING MOVIES SHOULD BE MUCH MORE FUN TO WATCH THAN TO MAKE. THIS ONE IS AWFULLY FUN TO WATCH. HOW WAS IT TO MAKE IT? LET'S ASK HIM. TONY GILROY, ACADEMY WRITER. AND NOW, DIRECTOR. YOU WROTE THE FIRST THREE. THEN, YOU DECIDED TO GET BEHIND THE CAMERA, AS WELL HERE. DOES THAT, TO A DEGREE, HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR VISION TO ANOTHER LEVEL? I THINK, YEAH. I MEAN, DIRECTING IS THE FINAL CONTROL. I MEAN, IF YOU'RE WRITING WELL, YOU'RE SEEING A MOVIE IN YOUR HEAD. BUT IT'S A DIRECTOR'S MEDIUM. MY INVOLVEMENT IN THE FIRST THREE WAS REALLY -- WAS REALLY OUTSIDE OF PRODUCTION. IDEAS. BUT IT WAS PROPULSIVE. AND THE TRILOGY PLAYS OUT. WHERE DOES THIS MOVIE COME FROM? THIS MOVIE CAME OUT OF DESPERATION. SINCE MATT HAD GONE, JASON BOURNE WAS NO LONGER IN THE PICTURE. THEY TALKED TO PEOPLE AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO GO NEXT. AND I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE ONE OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS. WE HEAR IT WAS A MASSIVE SEARCH FOR YOUR TWO LEADS IN JEREMY AND THEN RACHEL. WHAT ALLOWED YOU TO GET THEM BOTH INVOLVED? JEREMY WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS. HIS NAME FINALLY POPPED UP AS WE WERE GETTING DESPERATE. AND FRANK MARSHALL AND I RAN OVER TO BERLIN AND SAT DOWN AND HAD DINNER WITH HIM. HE WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR. RACHEL, I CAST RIGHT AWAY. SHE WAS THERE ON MONDAY. BY WEDNESDAY, SHE WAS CAST. THEY'RE GREAT -- ALSO, YOU HAVE EDWARD NORTON THERE. WHO IS CARRYING THIS BEHIND THE SCENES. AND IT'S INTERESTING. YOU LOOK AT YOUR BODY OF WORK. YOUR HEROES AREN'T NECESSARILY GOOD. YOUR VILLAINS AREN'T NECESSARILY BAD, ESPECIALLY IN EDWARD'S CHARACTER. HE BELIEVES HIMSELF TO BE A PATRIOT. YEAH. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE THAT ARE -- WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE KEEPING US SAFE. HE'S TAKING THE BURDEN OF THAT MORAL RESPONSIBILITY ON HIMSELF. AND WITH HIS EYES WIDE OPEN. THIS ISN'T JUST AGAIN SPRINGING FROM WHOLE CLOTH. YOU'RE DOING A LOT OF RESEARCH HERE. AND I WAS WATCHING THIS MOVIE THINKING, HOW MUCH OF THIS MIGHT EVEN BE SORT OF TRUE? HOW MUCH DID YOU FIND IN YOUR RESEARCH? THIS ISN'T SCIENCE FICTION. THERE'S A HUGE APPETITE -- THERE'S NO DRUG-TESTING IN WAR. ANYONE WHO IS SKEPTICAL, IF THEY LEAVE THE MOVIE AND GO ONLINE FOR TEN MINUTES AND LIST A FEW KEY WORDS, THEY'LL FIND OUT ALL OF THIS IS ON THE HORIZON. IT'S REMARKABLE. AND IT DOES LINK IT TOGETHER VERY QUICKLY. YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE SEEN THE FIRST THREE TO ENJOY THIS ONE. NO. WE WERE CONSCIOUS OF THAT MAKING IT. WE ROAD TESTED IT TO MAKE SURE. IF YOU'VE SEEN THE OTHER THREE, IT SHOULD ENHANCE THE OTHER THREE. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO WATCH THIS ONE ON ITS OWN. TONY GILROY, AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS. "THE BOURNE I DON'T THINK I'M GOING TO GET

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