July 27, 2022
Following the successful release of The Gray Man this past weekend, where the Ryan Gosling actioner debuted as the No. 1 movie in 92 countries, Netflix is cementing plans for the IP to become a major spy franchise. The Gray Man is based on the best-selling book series by Mark Greaney.
The Gray Man, which is already a favorite with a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, is now in development with Gosling and directors Joe and Anthony Russo set to return in a sequel. The Russos and AGBO’s Mike Larocca will produce along with Joe Roth and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum Films, according to Netflix.
The movie’s co-writer Stephen McFeely (The Electric State, Avengers: Endgame, Captain America: Civil War) is writing the script.
“The audience reaction has been nothing short of phenomenal,” directors Joe and Anthony Russo said in a joint statement. “With so many amazing characters in the movie, we had always intended for the Gray Man to be part of an expanded universe, and we are thrilled that Netflix is announcing a sequel, as well as a second script that we’re excited to talk about soon.”
The spin-off film, written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool, Zombieland) is set to explore a different element of storyline’s universe. The logline is being kept under wraps.
The Gray Man is the third film from AGBO to premiere on Netflix, and the company’s second consecutive debut at No. 1 worldwide on the streamer. AGBO’s 2020 Extraction, starring Chris Hemsworth, is the fifth most popular film on Netflix, and has a sequel to be released on Netflix in 2023.
“The Russos delivered an edge-of-your-seat spectacle that audiences around the world are loving,” said Scott Stuber, head of global film, at Netflix. “We’re excited to continue to partner with the team at AGBO as they build out The Gray Man universe.”