‘Captain America 2′ Directors to Helm Covert Agent Thriller ‘The Gray Man’

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Marvel fans were pleasantly surprised this year when Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was helmed by virtually unknown directors Anthony and Joe Russo (their most recent claim to fame was directing episodes of Community) turned out to be arguably one of the best standalone films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. With a tone cleaving closely to that of a classic 70s spy thriller, The Winter Soldier left many moviegoers keen to see what the Russo brothers have planned next.

One movie that’s on the horizon for the duo is Captain America 3, for which they have already signed on as directors and are currently working on the story. Since Captain America 3‘s release date is already set for May 2016 it’s safe to assume that this will probably be their next project, but a new announcement from Sony Pictures has revealed what the Russos’ next film after Captain America 3 could be.

Variety reports that Sony has optioned the rights to an adaptation of Mark Greaney’s thriller The Gray Man, in a which a former CIA agent turned assassin-for-hire called Court Gentry finds himself on the run after being targeted for elimination. Joe Roth and Palak Patel (Snow White and the Hunstman) will produce the film, and Patel was reportedly aggressive in pursuing the Russos, who “fell in love with the story” and are now attached to write and direct.

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This isn’t the first time that an adaptation of The Gray Man has been attempted. A few years ago the rights were held by New Regency and Brad Pitt was set to play the lead with James Gray directing (which would have been appropriate). The project failed to progress much, however, and when the option lapsed Sony was quick to snap up the movie rights.

Roth made it clear that, since The Gray Man is the first in a four-part book series, Sony is interested in pursuing it as a franchise. Roth said that the intention is for The Gray Man to be the next Bourne Identity, with adaptations of sequels “On Target”, “Ballistic” and “Dead Eye” to potentially follow if the first movie is a success.

Of course, first we’ll have to wait and see whether this attempt at any adaptation gets any further along than New Regency’s did, and since the Russos have to focus on Captain America 3 first it may be some time before production on The Gray Man gets underway. At least that gives Sony some time to work on finding the perfect leading mean. Perhaps Pitt is still interested?


We’ll keep you updated on The Gray Man as development continues.

Source: Variety

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  1. Ahh yes yes, The gray man, his body has been turned into a sewer, hence the saying, “your body is a sewer”. He will spend the time righting the wrongs of his sewer world!

    So sayeth Lord Slug!

  2. Idk where else to post this, so ima do it here. Could somebody on SR please do an article on the news/rumor from screenwriter David James Kelly that Wolverine 3 will take place 300 years after X-Men Apocalypse? I think this needs to be addressed as it would most likely be a mistake to do that at this juncture, as it will cement Wolverine in a locked and certain future as opposed to leaving it up in the air for new X-Men films to determine. SPOILER ALERT for anyone who hasn’t seen X-Men: Days of Future Past. Considering we’re already confused enough trying to figure out what happened in the PAST Wolverine’s story leading up to his return into his FUTURE body, there are too many gaps that need filling in to just “skip ahead” if you will. Maybe I’m just ranting, and I bet nobody even cares, but I’m just saying things are going so well right now, and are only slightly more complicated than they need to be. Right now it’s like a blank slate, you’ve got First Class, the past segment of Days of Future Past, and then a huge blank board leading up to the part where Wolverine wakes up. There’s no need to add to that timeline and jump ahead 300 years into the future! Also, there’s some ray of hope that we could get normal X-Men sequels after Apocalypse is over, sequels that take place after Logan wakes up. Why not! Besides scheduling that is. So, I’m sorry if this seems random to post here, I just wasn’t sure where else somebody from SR would see it. It’s not like you have a message board or anything.

  3. Arguably one of Marvel’s best? Try the ONLY good thing Marvel has put out on the big screen.

  4. I might give The Grey Man a try.

  5. You know I read this novel and it was this good. In fact I kept thinking what a good movie it would make. The guy is a Wet Ops asset who has gone independent, he is so good that no one can say just who he is, all of his jobs are said to have been made by a Grey Man. Never a trace no matter the assignment. Mark Geanery has worked with Tom Clancey on a few pejects, so Bourne Idenitey is a good analogy for what this character is like. But this guy has more assassian like moves and he was just trained as the best. It will be your spy movie of the next decade so I know that I’m really looking forward to it.

    In fact I think I’m due to read the third book in the series next, I’m going to get right on that!

  6. i love Mark Greaney and the Gray Man book series… Just read all the way through his latest (Deadeye) at christmas, and this would be great to see on the big screen.

    That being said, It blows my mind that they would make these into a movie BEFORE they made the SUPERIOR Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, Barry Eisler’s John Rain, or Alex Barensons John Wells series.

    All of those covert-ops series are far better than Court Gentry and the Gray Man Novels.