The Russo Brothers have set their next feature. The duo will helm a new Netflix action thriller, The Gray Man, with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans to star, according to a report by Deadline. The film is written by Joe Russo, with other script work done by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Producers on the film will include AGBO's the Russo Brothers and Mike Larocca, along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum. This is an adaptation of a 2009 novel by Mark Greaney, that saw the debut of the character the Gray Man, an assassin and former CIA operative named Court Gentry. "The action thriller is a deadly duel between killers as Gentry (Gosling) is hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort of Gentry's at the CIA. "The idea is for this to become a franchise for Gosling.
The Gray Man Sounds Like a Home Run
Said Joe Russo on the film's scale: "The intention is for it to be competitive with any theatrical and the ability to do with with Gosling and Evans is a dream for us. The idea is to create a franchise and build out a whole universe, with Ryan at the center of it. We have all committed to the first movie, and that's got to be great to get us to the second movie. These are master assassins, and Gosling's characters gets burned by the CIA, and Evans' character has to hunt him down. We have a great working relationship with Netflix, and we go back almost 20 years with Scott Stuber. We formed AGBO to be an agnostic storytelling company, where we figure out the best platform. We think Netflix is the perfect place for this film."
Huge swing here by Netflix, as they have also committed $200 million to the budget for the film, their highest ever. It really is a no-brainer for them, though, with the talent involved, there is no way that this initial film fails. If The Gray Man can become a franchise is what remains to be seen.