You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tony Gilroy

Directors in the Oscar race

Perhaps best known for penning Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise, Gilroy had to wait nearly a decade to see his directorial debut hit the screen. He’d initially pitched “Michael Clayton” to Castle Rock, the production company for which he’d written “Dolores Clayborne” and “Extreme Measures.” “Michael Clayton” eventually got made with the help of, among others, friend Steven Soderbergh, Sydney Pollack and George Clooney. “I didn’t go to college, and I’m very autodidactic,” Gilroy says. “I found the people who would teach me.”

GENESIS: “I pitched it eight years ago. It turned into a much more ambitious and tougher project. It then went out in loose turnaround from (Castle Rock) and wandered around for a while. I had Steven, Sidney and Castle Rock in the background, and even with all that firepower, we wandered around for another two years. I changed agencies and went to CAA … that was the booster rocket. I abandoned the low-budget version, and I begged to get a meeting with George.”

VISION: “My temptation in the beginning would have been to show off, but by the time I was making this film, the urge was to do anything but show off. The mantra was: beautiful but not pretty at all. Electric but very still. Those contradictions were the sort of DNA that I wanted to follow.”

CHALLENGES: “To get George. After that, life got pretty simple. (Initially) Soderbergh sent it to George, who came back right away and passed. He said, ‘I don’t want to work with a first-time director.’ But George was always the prize.”

MAGIC: “The location for the scene with George in the police station, where Tom knocks on glass, was a second choice. There had been a snowstorm, and we had to melt a vast quantity of snow to shoot the scene outside with Tom. It was in the heart of the show, and the crew felt confident. It was one of 25 lucky grabs.”

More Film

  • Isle of Dogs

    The 10 Best Films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

    Perhaps best known for penning Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise, Gilroy had to wait nearly a decade to see his directorial debut hit the screen. He’d initially pitched “Michael Clayton” to Castle Rock, the production company for which he’d written “Dolores Clayborne” and “Extreme Measures.” “Michael Clayton” eventually got made with the help of, among others, […]

  • Indian Actress Sridevi Kapoor Arrives For

    Legendary Bollywood Actress Sridevi Dies at 54

    Perhaps best known for penning Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise, Gilroy had to wait nearly a decade to see his directorial debut hit the screen. He’d initially pitched “Michael Clayton” to Castle Rock, the production company for which he’d written “Dolores Clayborne” and “Extreme Measures.” “Michael Clayton” eventually got made with the help of, among others, […]

  • NMHC Impact Awards

    Aubrey Plaza, NHMC President Call Out Under-Representation of Latinos at Impact Awards

    Perhaps best known for penning Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise, Gilroy had to wait nearly a decade to see his directorial debut hit the screen. He’d initially pitched “Michael Clayton” to Castle Rock, the production company for which he’d written “Dolores Clayborne” and “Extreme Measures.” “Michael Clayton” eventually got made with the help of, among others, […]

  • Emma Chambers'HOW DO YOU WANT ME'

    'Notting Hill' Actress Emma Chambers Dies at 53

    Perhaps best known for penning Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise, Gilroy had to wait nearly a decade to see his directorial debut hit the screen. He’d initially pitched “Michael Clayton” to Castle Rock, the production company for which he’d written “Dolores Clayborne” and “Extreme Measures.” “Michael Clayton” eventually got made with the help of, among others, […]

  • Las herederas The Heiresses

    Berlin Double Silver Bear Winner 'The Heiresses' Sells Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

    Perhaps best known for penning Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise, Gilroy had to wait nearly a decade to see his directorial debut hit the screen. He’d initially pitched “Michael Clayton” to Castle Rock, the production company for which he’d written “Dolores Clayborne” and “Extreme Measures.” “Michael Clayton” eventually got made with the help of, among others, […]

  • Touch Me Not

    Berlin Festival Awards: 'Touch Me Not' Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

    Perhaps best known for penning Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise, Gilroy had to wait nearly a decade to see his directorial debut hit the screen. He’d initially pitched “Michael Clayton” to Castle Rock, the production company for which he’d written “Dolores Clayborne” and “Extreme Measures.” “Michael Clayton” eventually got made with the help of, among others, […]

  • Dovlatov

    Berlin: Netflix, Multiple Foreign Distributors Take Alpha Violet’s ‘Dovlatov’

    Perhaps best known for penning Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise, Gilroy had to wait nearly a decade to see his directorial debut hit the screen. He’d initially pitched “Michael Clayton” to Castle Rock, the production company for which he’d written “Dolores Clayborne” and “Extreme Measures.” “Michael Clayton” eventually got made with the help of, among others, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content