The Gray Man, a spy thriller on Netflix, will soon have its own Netflix universe. A sequel and a spin-off film are in the works for the original film, which was made with franchise potential in mind.
Ryan Gosling is returning for the sequel, as are filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo (who are no strangers to cinematic worlds), and Stephen McFeely (who also co-wrote The Gray Man) is penning the screenplay.
Joe Roth and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum of Roth Kirschenbaum Films will also be producing alongside the Russo brothers and Mike Larocca under their AGBO banner.
Plot specifics for the spin-off are being kept under wraps, but Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are at the helm.
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The Gray Man, based on the best-selling book series by Mark Greaney, made its streaming debut on Netflix on July 22 following a limited theatrical release that began on July 15.
Gosling plays secret agent Six in this film, who is being hunted by a psychopathic mercenary Chris Evans plays at the behest of a high-ranking government official trying to cover up his own misdeeds.
With a 48% approval rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, The Gray Man received mixed reviews from critics. The THR called it “an overcrowded spy yarn largely salvaged by its leads.”
However, the reception from viewers has improved. The Gray Man has a 91 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the streaming service claims that it has already racked up 88.55 million hours of viewing time since its release on Friday. By the company’s own metrics, that is the best opening weekend for a Netflix movie since The Adam Project in March, when it earned 92.4 million hours.
Yet another Netflix original series was created by AGBO. The follow-up to the Chris Hemsworth vehicle Extraction, set for release in 2020, will arrive in theatres in 2023.
The Russo brothers, who are also producing the film Electric State with Netflix, have expressed their excitement over the announcement of a sequel to their film, stating, “With so many amazing characters in the movie, we had always meant for the Gray Man to be part of an extended universe.”
As the head of global film, Scott Stuber, said, “With The Gray Man, the Russos crafted an edge-of-your-seat extravaganza that audiences around the world are adoring. We look forward to working with them and the AGBO crew in the future as they expand The Gray Man canon.