Brad Pitt Will Become An Assassin In ‘The Gray Man’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 2:27 pm,

Brad Pitt is onboard to headline The Gray Man, the latest addition to the “dangerous man on the run overseas” genre, popularized by the Jason Bourne franchise.

The Gray Man will be directed by (no joke) James Gray, who was previously responsible for titles like We Own the Night and Two Lovers. However, he is planning something far different than merely another Bourne knockoff.

Adam Cozad (the Jack Ryan reboot) is scripting The Gray Man, based on Mark Greaney’s popular novel of the same name. The plot revolves around an ex-CIA op-turned-assassin who travels across Europe in order to save his handler from a sinister multinational corporation, and immediately recalls that of The Bourne Identity and Taken – among other films that feature a deadly protagonist who could kill a person using only a Q-Tip.

When Deadline previously spoke to Gray about his plans for… The Gray Man, he had a pretty radical idea in mind, concerning how he would visually distinguish the film from its predecessors: shoot the entire thing from Pitt’s character’s POV.

Here is what Gray said, on the matter:

“What [Paul Greengrass] did was a documentary-style objective approach [in his 'Bourne' movies], and he owns that style. I want to do the opposite, which feels like a good way to sympathize with a professional hitman. You humanize him by never distancing yourself from his experience. This story has emotional stakes that enable me to do that.”

Brad Pitt in Cogans Trade1 Brad Pitt Will Become An Assassin In The Gray Man

Brad Pitt in ‘Cogan’s Trade’

Pitt tends to do well at playing decent guys who get in over their head when the crap hits the fan (see: Se7en, Spy Game), but he doesn’t usually portray the ruthless type in action flicks – except when the role is slightly tongue-in-cheek, a la Inglourious Basterds. He aims to subvert that image with the upcoming Cogan’s Trade, which will offer us a taste of Pitt in full badass mode before The Gray Man hits theaters.

As for Gray’s plans: They’re certainly intriguing, if a bit overly ambitious. The task of shooting most everything from Pitt’s perspective will be tricky enough; convincing studio heads that filming an international thriller in an experimental fashion will be harder still. Plus, the producers aren’t going to like the idea of recruiting someone of Pitt’s status to star in The Gray Man, only to turn around and rarely feature him on-screen.

Chances are good that Gray will have to compromise and vary the cinematography a bit in his film. But hey, at least The Gray Man sounds like it could amount to more than another generic blockbuster that happens to star Pitt (unlike World War Z).

Source: Deadline

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  1. I find this genre of film is becoming boring and cliched..

  2. i think brad pitt is overrated in acting
    he’s so rigid. honestly, the only character i think he can play is Rusty, his Ocean’s 11 character

  3. I feel that while Brad Pitt may have played some good roles in his career, this type of film, especially one based off of the main character in Gray Man, does not him. I think in order for an actor to play this part and really sell it, he would have to detached himself from any type of humanity that he has. After all, the main character is a trained assassin, on the run, with little help, wounded, and very little resources. Like a wounded and cornered animal the actor would have to take on a personality like another Jason Bourne but far more brutal and sadly Brad Pitt does not fit this character. Maybe Mark Wahlberg or Jeremy Renner.

    Matthew