The writer of the supremely successful trilogy featuring Robert Ludlum’s CIA super-assassin is one of Hollywood’s best, TONY GILROY.

Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton in The Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton in the upcoming The Bourne Legacy

TONY GILROY is one of the best screenwriters in Hollywood. And now he’s turning writer and director for the third time – following his fantastic legal thriller Michael Clayton in 2007 and his very entertaining crime romance Duplicity in 2009 – with The Bourne Legacy, the next instalment in the hugely-successful series featuring Robert Ludlum’s spy. But this time, the focus shifts and we see a world beyond Bourne as we follow the journey of a new agent: Jeremy Renner‘s Aaron Cross.

GILROY, of course, had already made a substantial name for himself as a screenwriter in Hollywood with his work on films including a trio of Taylor Hackford directed dramas: the Stephen King adaptation Dolores Claiborne, the Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves mystery/thriller The Devil’s Advocate and the thrilling hostage drama Proof of Life with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan. There was also Michael Apted’s chilling, medical drama Extreme Measures, and Kevin Macdonald’s screen version of Paul Abbott’s gripping British television series State of Play. Then he landed the job of adapting the adventures of a certain Jason Bourne into Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity…

“I told you to come alone, but I guess that was too hard. So try this – I’m gone.”

Followed by Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum…

“Do you even know why you’re supposed to kill me? Look at us. Look at what they make you give.”

Here, he talks incisively to Catherine Shoard of The Guardian about the life of a writer in Tinseltown, the challenges of directing, how things have changed since that fantastic film Michael Clayton, whether Edward Norton’s character in The Bourne Legacy is really a good guy and what links his work together:

Morally indefensible and absolutely essential”