‘Bourne Legacy’ Premiere: Screenwriter Tony Gilroy on Taking the Director’s Chair: ‘I Didn’t Want to Let Go’ (VIDEO)

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Even the master mind behind Bourne couldn’t have predicted his taking the reigns on the franchise’s fourth film, The Bourne Legacy.

After writing the screenplays for the first three installments — which have grossed almost $1 billion worldwide — Tony Gilroy picked up his pen again for the fourth. But as he wrapped up work on the script, Gilroy couldn’t bring himself to hand it off to someone else to direct.

“It started to look really good and really juicy and I didn’t want to let it go at that point,” Gilroy explained to Celebuzz at the Bourne Legacy world premiere in New York City.

And, in the end, he didn’t.

Following in the footsteps of previous Bourne directors Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum), Gilroy decided to take the director’s chair for the series’ fourth flick.

“It wasn’t a master plan,” said Gilroy, who co-wrote the script with his brother Dan. “It wasn’t something I ever thought I would ever do. It only came about because the idea really came into focus.”

When the highly-anticipated Bourne Legacy hits theaters nationwide on August 10, Gilroy will let the weigh in on whether the thriller — starring Jeremy Renner, who Gilroy said impressed him “every day” as the medically-enhance secret agent Aaron Cross — lives up to its three predecessors.

“It’s not for me to decide,” admitted Gilroy. “We’re going to let the audience decide that. We’ve been talking all the way down here, we’ve been talking for two weeks, we’ll be talking for another couple of days. But in a few weeks, the audience will have a chance to decide that.”

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