The popular "Bourne" franchise gets a reboot with "The Bourne Legacy," starring Jeremy Renner in place of Matt Damon, and there was a recent glitzy premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown Manhattan. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.
"The Bourne Legacy" recently premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown Manhattan. The next super assassin to come out of Treadstone is portrayed by Jeremy Renner.
"I couldn't have been more excited about this sort of world. I was a big fan of the franchise and the only pressure was knowing that I had to physically be able to manifest what was required of me. It's like getting a ticket to a secret ride at Disneyland that no one else gets," says Renner. "So I prepared myself to not get hurt, and every day was a challenge to see if I could perform w hat I needed to perform."
Writer-director Tony Gilroy says it was different writing for Damon and Renner.
"Very different characters. You try to write for every character independently, you try to inhabit every character, that's the key to it. Everyone's an individual, so it's always different," Gilroy says.
Actor Ed Norton is a fan of the franchise and was delighted to become part of it.
"When you get to work with people you wanted to work with and on a series of films that you were a fan of, that's not a bad job in a recession. That's a pretty decent gig," says Norton. "I think that it's got baked into it, more than just the running and jumping, it really is kind of a dissection of the moral gray area that our country has slid into possibly in terms of defending our freedoms through extraordinary measures. And that's a question that's in the national conversation and so it's cool to see it laced through a film that is entertaining."
Moviegoers have to wait until August 10 to see "The Bourne Legacy," when it is released nationwide. In the meantime, can you keep a secret? Well, I'd have to kill you if I told you.