As it happens that Star Wars: Andor and The Bourne Identity have a whole lot in keeping. During an interview with Total Film, Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy explained how his focus on the Bourne franchise inspired his upcoming Star Wars show.
Discussing his focus on the Bourne films (which he wrote the screenplays for the initial four, in addition to directed The Bourne Legacy) Gilroy said, I have been looking to get visitors to make an acoustic action movie, because action movies had gotten so bombastic in the 80s, these were just enormous. So, when Bourne arrived, we went way right down to nothing.
The Bourne Identity saw Matt Damon intensify as Jason Bourne a highly-trained former assassin whose amnesia hid a clandestine conspiracy within the CIA. It had been a big success, spawning multiple sequels, also it was about heading back to basics.
“It had been about rendering it real, said Gilroy. Keeping someone you truly understand and really value in a location that you realize the geography of, with stakes, is a lot more involving when compared to a guy on a train with 15 machine guns and a helicopter decreasing. That aesthetic, that idea, does carry to Andor because we have been on the floor with one of these people, in order that precisely what we do comes with an intimacy and an acoustic nature to it within the grandeur of Star Wars.
Gilroy was also scriptwriter for Star Wars: Rogue One, and you could see similar thinking here. The Star Wars spin-off introduced the rebel pilot and intelligence officer, Cassian Andor, sufficient reason for a rag-tag crew assembled from the far reaches of the galaxy far, a long way away, theres without doubt that was a film concerning the people on the floor.
Now, it looks as if Andor will need that concept and run with it.
Its an adventure story, he explained. Its one mans odyssey through the guts [of the story] and each one of these peripheral characters surrounding him and spinning around. After all, God, its seeking to be entertaining. Its heavy material, heavy things are happening, but its an adventure story, too.
Whether well see Andor undertake an exciting speeder bike chase or remove a target with only a credit chit remains to be observed. But if its anything just like the Bourne movies, were set for a genuine treat.
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