Tony Gilroy interview

27 years after Tony Gilroy wrote Beirut, it’s finally reaching theaters. Long before his time on the Bourne franchise, directing Michael Clayton and Duplicity, and his work on Rogue One: A Story Wars Story, Gilroy penned a story about Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm), a troubled, grieving, and alcoholic negotiator who returns to Beruit 10 years after a personal tragedy to negotiate the freedom of a CIA agent and former friend.

When Gilroy first wrote the script for Interscope, the thriller garnered the attention of movie stars and drew some controversy, but ultimately, the expensive project went unmade. Four or five years ago, there was new interest in Beirut, so Gilroy spent a week or two revising the script before the director behind Session 9 and Transiberian, Brad Anderson, went to shoot the movie in Morocco.

Gilroy also had the chance to look back on some old writing of his, to see how his writing had changed. It was an experience the writer and director recently told us about in a wide-ranging interview about mistakes young writers make, great dialogue, writing “the best of the best” type of characters, why he doesn’t want to write true stories, and more.

Below, read our Tony Gilroy interview.

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rogue one reshoots

When Oscar-winning screenwriter Tony Gilroy joined the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story late into Rogue One reshoots, a few eyebrows were raised. Rumors were already swirling that Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the standalone Star Wars film, and that as much as 40% of the film needed to be completely redone. And reports of Gilroy’s big paycheck didn’t help alleviate fears that Rogue One was going to be a total bust.

Rogue One ended up being a big box office and critical success. But it was suggested that much of that success was because of Gilroy’s last-minute efforts to salvage the film. We weren’t sure exactly how much of a role Gilroy played in the Rogue One reshoots — until now.

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Methuselah movie Tony Gilroy

Warner Bros. has spent years developing a film based on Methuselah, the oldest man in the Bible, and like that man himself, this project just won’t seem to die. Their most recent attempt to bring this story to life had Tom Cruise attached to star, and while it’s unclear if the 55-year-old action movie icon is still involved at this point, the project just got a significant boost: Tony Gilroy, the writer/director behind Michael Clayton, is now in talks to write the script and is also angling to direct it.
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Rogue One Reshoots

Over the summer, one of the big topics of conversation for Star Wars fans were the reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An initial report indicated that Rogue One reshoots needed to be completed after Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the film, and a follow-up said that as much as 40% of the film was going to be completely redone. The urgent nature of the reshoots was debunked shortly thereafter, but it was a story that felt more like damage control by Lucasfilm than giving us the whole picture.

Now we seem to have some further indication that the extensive and expensive reshoots that were originally reported were just as drastic as originally thought. You might remember that Michael Clayton writer and director Tony Gilroy was brought in to help on the reshoots by writing some additional material (after working on the script the previous summer) and working as second unit director. But his role on the movie was reportedly far more involved, including fixing the ending of the movie.

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Rogue One Reshoots

There have been a lot of details regarding the Rogue One: A Story Wars Story rehoots that will take place starting this month. The initial report indicated that Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the movie from director Gareth Edwards and was followed up with details saying the tone of the movie needed to be lightened up a bit to match with the original Star Wars from 1977. Then a more worrisome rumor indicated that 40% of the film was going to be reshot with director Christopher McQuarrie overseeing the reshoots.

There’s been a lot of information to sift through, and now some clarification arrived regarding the reported details along with new information revealing who is helping with the reshoots and how. Get the new details on the Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »

Jon Hamm High Wire Act

No, Jon Hamm isn’t planning some network television stunt to air after the series finale of Mad Men on May 17th. Instead, High Wire Act is the name of a new political action thriller that will be led by the star of Million Dollar Arm and Bridesmaids and, yes, Mad Men. And with a script from Tony Gilroy, the writer behind The Bourne Identity franchise, this should be a project to keep an eye on. So what’s the film about? Details on the plot after the jump. Read More »

matt-damon-promised-land

Legendary Pictures has been trying to mount The Great Wall for sometime and now they might just have the two men to do it. Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston are in talks to star in the Zhang Yimou directed period epic which will “reveal the legend behind a great mystery of our age: why this magnificent structure came to be.”

Edward Zwick was originally going to direct the film with Henry Cavill, but it never quite came together. A new script by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) seems to have put thing back in motion though. Read more about The Great Wall movie below. Read More »

Bourne Legacy

Briefly: Jeremy Renner‘s first turn as the lead of a Bourne film wasn’t quite as well-received as the first three films with Matt Damon, but that hasn’t stalled the series. Universal is now moving on a fifth film in the franchise to follow the 2012 release The Bourne Legacy, with Renner again in the lead.

Deadline reports that Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) has been hired to script a story that will feature Renner’s Aaron Cross as the lead. There’s no real hint as to the storyline, and at this point it still seems unlikely that Matt Damon will reprise the role of Jason Bourne in any significant capacity. Also uncertain at this point is the choice to direct; while Tony Gilroy scripted earlier Bourne chapters and directed Renner in The Bourne Legacy, he’s not locked to return.

‘The Bourne Legacy’ – What Did You Think?

One of the final big films of summer 2012 is Tony Gilroy‘s The Bourne Legacy, which casts Jeremy Renner as a new super agent brought up in a secret government program similar to the one that created Jason Bourne. The movie also stars Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, and Oscar Isaac. It has some of the frenetic action of the previous Bourne films, but doesn’t always hit the heights of the existing trilogy, especially the latter two films directed by Paul Greengrass.

Critics have been weighing in on the film ever since the review embargo broke earlier this week. Germain was slightly more positive about the film than many, and I tend to agree with him for reasons I’ll go into below. But we want to know what you think. Chime in below, and be aware that this series of posts always encourages spoilers. Read More »

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Even with a two hour-plus run time, The Bourne Legacy feels short. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first Bourne three films, directed this extension of the franchise which gives an intricate, chemical context to everything you loved about the first three. However, in its run time, the percentage of actual action is pretty small. When it hits, the action is big, exciting and almost always innovative. But the fights, gun battles and car chases are few and far between.

Gilroy co-wrote with his brother, Dan Gilroy, and they’ve packed the movie with loads of expository information and characters that’ll do wonders to kick start a franchise, even if it won’t do wonders for an impatient audience. This is way more in line with Gilroy’s previous directorial efforts, Michael Clayton and Duplicity, than the Bourne films, and your opinion on those will likely impact your enjoyment of The Bourne Legacy.

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