Helmed by the famous Russo Brothers, The Gray Man has turned out to be a massive blockbuster. After a limited theatrical release, the film premiered on Netflix on July 22 and broke several viewership records.
Buoyed up by the thunderous response that the film has received from the audience, Netflix has greenlit a sequel to The Gray Man as well as a spinoff film that will extend the film’s universe. Both projects are currently in development at Netflix, the streaming media giant announced Tuesday.
Ryan Gosling, who delivered a power-packed performance in the film, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo are set to return for The Gray Man 2. The Gray Man co-writer Stephen McFeely is writing the script based on the book series by Mark Greaney.
“The audience reaction to The Gray Man has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are so appreciative of the enthusiasm that fans across the world have had for this film,” the Russo brothers said in a 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 with Ryan, as well as a second script that we’re excited to talk about soon.”
The Russos and AGBO’s Mike Larocca will produce the venture along with Joe Roth and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum Films.
“With The Gray Man, the Russos delivered an edge-of-your-seat spectacle that audiences around the world are loving. We’re excited to continue to partner with them and the team at AGBO as they build out The Gray Man universe,” Scott Stuber, head of Global Film, said in a statement.
In addition to Ryan Gosling, The Gray Man also co-starred Chris Evans, Dhanush, Regé Jean-Page, Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Alfre Woodard, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, and Shea Whigham in pivotal roles.
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