In yet another statement of intent from streaming platform Netflix, the Russo Brothers have been announced as the directors of the upcoming film The Gray Man.
Netflix, who added an astonishing 10million new subscribers during the health crisis lockdown, have committed their largest budget to date in what is a supremely ambitious project.
Arriving as a statement of intent from the streaming site, The Gray Man will star the likes of Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling in lead roles in the $200million adaptation of Mark Greaney’s 2009 novel.
“The movie is a real mano a mano between those two great actors who represent two different versions of the CIA, in what it can be, and what it can do,” Anthony Russo tells Deadline. “For those who were fans of Captain America: Winter Soldier, this is us moving into that territory in more of a real-world setting. That’s what this movie really means for us.”
With screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely joining the project, the action thriller will tell the story “a deadly duel between killers as freelance assassin Gentry (Gosling) is hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort of Gentry’s at the CIA.”
Joe Russo added: “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 centre 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.”