‘Bourne’ here because ‘you know how to make movies’


“THE BOURNE Legacy” producers (from left) Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley and Lope Juban Jr. at Tuesday’s press con. Crowly says Manila was picked as a location because of its “efficient film infrastructure.” RODEL ROTONI

Manila was chosen as one of the locations for Tony Gilroy’s spy-thriller, “The Bourne Legacy,” because the producers wanted to take advantage of its “efficient film infrastructure.”

And, no, actor Matt Damon, who stared in the first three movies of the franchise, will not have a cameo role in the coming feature.

This was according to US film producer Pat Crowley who, along with coproducer Frank Marshall, sat down with entertainment writers at the Mandarin Oriental Manila in Makati City on Tuesday afternoon.

“People here know how to make movies,” Crowley told Inquirer. “In the other cities previously considered (Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh), we would have had to start from scratch.”

Crowley, who produced the first three “Bourne” films, added: “We’re also very impressed with what we found here, visually. Tony wanted an exotic place that people don’t know much about but would like to.”

The producer said they were primarily looking for “a place close to the water. We also needed a place where (the characters in the movie) could hide. We needed to shoot at an airport. We wanted to do a scene in a covered vegetable market. Jun Juban had a list and he took us to various places.”

“Jun” is Lope Juban Jr., who runs Philippine Film Studios Inc. (PFSI), the local producer.

Marshall, whose credits include “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Sixth Sense” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” said: “Tony knew beforehand what he wanted. The sports arena (in San Andres, Malate) was fantastic for us. It became our base. It’s not just about a place having the right look; it also has to be production-friendly.

Filming, mostly on Leveriza Street and the San Andres Public Market, began on Jan. 11. The crew is currently shooting on J. Bocobo Street and Remedios Circle, also in Malate. Scenes at the Marikina fish port is scheduled for the end of the month.

Juban said he has not received any complaints from the crew. “I guess they saw that Filipinos were very cooperative. People kept quiet and stayed put when told to,” he said. “Our second-unit director said that during the filming of ‘Mission Impossible 4’ in India, the production team had trouble with crowd control. They had to wait until 3 or 4 a.m. to shoot.”

One-fourth of the movie

Marshall added: “It’s quite the opposite. We have locations that are hard to work in, both for us and for the people who live there. To have 250 people come to your neighborhood for seven to 10 days is disruptive. But everybody has been so cooperative, helpful, and generous. I can’t say that about other locations we’ve been to.”

He said 25 percent of the film will be shot in the Philippines (earlier reports said only the final 25 minutes). Some parts will be filmed in El Nido, Palawan. “We can’t tell you what these scenes are… only that the place, which is gorgeous, will have a special part in the movie. It’s one of the most stunning places we’ve seen anywhere.”

Juban reported that “a drive-by scene— at night, using a helicopter,” will be shot in Makati City. “We’re still trying to get a special permit for that.”

“Bourne Legacy” will feature a new protagonist, Aaron Cross (played by Jeremy Renner, Academy-Award nominee for “The Hurt Locker”), who like Bourne, is a covert agent trained to become an assassin.

“We’re telling a different story,” Marshall explained. “Bourne is still out there. Cross is in the same world as Bourne’s but… there’s not just one agent, there are a lot of them doing different things. Damon will not be doing a cameo — that I can say for sure.”

Crowley said scouting for local talents was made easy with the help of Filipino casting supervisor Julie Ysla. “We gave Julie the list of characters we were interested in. She videotaped auditions, took some head shots and sent the materials to us. The process took several weeks. Then we got to meet some of the veteran actors here…”

In one audition, Crowley said he met a “great actor” that he had to turn down. “He was not right for the role. You’re always looking for that distinct feature.”

So far, three theater actors— Lou Veloso, John Arcilla and Madeleine Nicolas— have been tapped to play a fisherman, a security guard and a hotel employee, respectively.

“The Bourne Legacy,” a Universal Pictures production, will premiere in the United States on Aug. 3. A special red-carpet screening in Manila is scheduled in September, Marshall said, adding: “Manila deserves it, though we’re not sure if the actors will be here since we’ll be promoting in Europe at the same time.”


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  • Noypi

    So excited for this movie! Glad they chose the country. :D

  • Anonymous

    Kaya pinili nila ang Pinas dahil naghahanap sila ng magulo, marumi at masikip na mga lugar para mas mataas ang sense of danger na kalalabasan ng pelikula. Hindi sila nakuntento sa dumi, gulo at sikip ng India kaya naghanap pa sila ng iba. Pinas ang nakita nila kaya ibig sabihin mas madumi, mas magulo at mas masikp ang Pinas kaysa India.

    Hindi sinasabi ng mga puti ito dahil kukuyugin sila dito kung sinabi nila ang totoo at malamang hindi sila bigbigyan ng permit ng ating magigiting at kagalanggalang na mga mayor.

    Pero maraming positibo ang makukuha natin sa pagka magulo at madumi ng bansa natin. Madaming $$$$ ang papasok sa atin pansamantala sa panahon na ito at maraming Pnoy ang magkakaroon ng temporary na trabaho. Tapos halos mga 2 linggo, tiba tiba na naman ang mga pokpok natin. Isipin natin kun gano kadaming mga puti na crew ang nasa bansa at gabi gabi nagpaparaos sila ng kanilang pangangailangan.

    • Anonymous

      haha…bull’s eye ang karamihan sa punto mo..

      • Anonymous

        Tita, thank you for coming to my rescue. Sa dami dami nila, ikaw lang ang kakampi ko, mwuahhhhhXOXO. Dami kasi sa atin ang balat sibuyas, konting sagi lang nagagasgas.

    • Achaic

      Hindi dahil magulo ang bansa na ito, hindi na magulo sa ibang bansa at hindi dahil pinili ang bansa na ito, mas magulo na tayo sa iba.

      Marahil, hindi LANG dahil magulo ang bansa na ito, kundi dahil RIN may mga magagaling na mga artista rin tayo, magandang tanawin at magagalang na mga mamamayan. Lugi naman kung puro negatibong dahilan lang ang naisip nila para dito pumunta. :)

    • jj

      nakakalungkot na ganito ang tingin mo sa bansa natin.  sa lahat ng positibong sinabi ng producer, wala kang pinaniwalaan. pano nga ba uunlad ang bansang pilipinas kung ang mga tao ay katulad mo magisip.

      • Anonymous

        Tita naman why did you say that. I turned a negative nga into a positive nga ehh. 

        Sabi ko”Pero maraming positibo ang makukuha natin sa pagka magulo at madumi ng bansa natin. Madaming $$$$ ang papasok sa atin pansamantala sa panahon na ito at maraming Pnoy ang magkakaroon ng temporary na trabaho. “Ohhh di baahhhh?

    • LBJ31

      Dude, shooting takes almost 24 hours, if not more. So your rhetoric of “gabi gabi sila nagpaparaos” should be considered as plain falacy for the mere fact that these people are tired as heck after a day’s work. Also, you’re the typical Pinoy who finds negative in everything Filipino, but still considers yourself one. Bakit di ka na lang tumira sa ibang bansa ng mahanap mo katahimikan mo.

      • Anonymous

        Ay tita tumbok na tumbok mo, sa ibang bansa nga ako nakatira ngayon. At hindi mo ba nabasa ang sabi ng mga local talent natin sa ibang article, 10 hours lang sila magshoot, di tulad ng mga production natin 24 hours nagshooshoot. Nasanay ka kasi sa mga teleserye & MFF natin, widen your horizon, watch more meaningful materials. 

        At napakarumi naman ng isip mo bruha ka, ano ba ibig sabihin sayo ng nagpaparaos? Siguro ikaw lagi ka nagpaparaos haaah.

    • jeff

      @akramgolteb try mo pumunta sa ibang parts ng India. Im sure once you’re there, mamahalin mo ng todo ang Pilipinas. Lahat ng bansa may magugulong lugar, may maduming lugar hindi lang sa atin.

  • Tando Liti

    Excellent choice, Bourne.

  • Jordan

    taguan kasi ng mga criminal ang yun ang tema ng pelikula.. yung mga criminal sa pelikula nag tago sa pilipinas kaya dito ginawa ang location…:-)

  • Bongtor

    Well at least they see something good and positive in our country UNLIKE other Filipinos who are just plain pessimistic.

  • joboni96

    bravo to the
    pilipino film industry


    outsourcing opportunity?

  • JM

    pst. Magulo at marumi ba ang Makati CBD at El Nido Palawan? Hay, andami talagang Pilipino ang nagunguna sa paninira ng sarili nilang bansa.

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