EXCLUSIVE: Recent from an earnings report that noticed it add 10 million subscribers in the course of the pandemic, Netflix has simply set its most financially formidable function movie thus far. Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to star in The Grey Man, with AGBO’s Joe & Anthony Russo directing their first blockbuster since setting the all-time world field workplace report with Avengers: Endgame two years in the past. The intention right here is to create a brand new franchise with a James Bond stage of scale and a finances upward of $200 million.
The Russos’ AGBO is producing, and the script was written by Joe Russo, with a polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who scripted the Russo-directed Captain America and Avengers movies and who’re Co-Presidents of Story at AGBO. It’s primarily based on the 2009 Mark Greaney novel that launched the Grey Man, a contract murderer and former CIA operative named Court docket Gentry.
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The movie can be produced by AGBO’s Russo Brothers and Mike Larocca, together with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum. They’re eyeing a January begin date in Los Angeles with worldwide places being finalized.
The motion thriller is a lethal duel between killers as Gentry (Gosling) is hunted throughout the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort of Gentry’s on the CIA. The Grey Man changed into a bestselling ebook sequence, and the expectation is that Gosling will proceed in a number of installments. The challenge was developed years again at New Regency as a Brad Pitt/James Grey automobile, nevertheless it stalled. The Russos quietly have been creating it for years.
“The movie is a real mano a mano between those two great actors who represent two different versions of the CIA, in what it can be, and what it can do,” Anthony Russo informed Deadline. “For those who were fans of Captain America: Winter Soldier, this is us moving into that territory in more of a real-world setting. That’s what this movie really means for us.”
Mentioned Joe Russo on the movie’s scale: “The intention is for it to be competitive with any theatrical, and the ability to do with with Gosling and Evans is a dream for us. The idea is to create a franchise and build out a whole universe, with Ryan at the center of it. We have all committed to the first movie, and that’s got to be great to get us to the second movie. These are master assassins, and Gosling’s characters gets burned by the CIA and Evans’ character has to hunt him down. We have a great working relationship with Netflix, and we go back almost 20 years with Scott Stuber. We formed AGBO to be an agnostic storytelling company, where we figure out the best platform. We think Netflix is the perfect place for this film.”
This can be a lot of religion Netflix is putting on the Russo Brothers, however other than the Avengers field workplace report, the AGBO-produced motion movie Extraction with Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani and Randeep Hooda turned probably the most watched Netflix unique film of all time. A sequel is within the works with Sam Hargrave returning as director and Joe Russo writing the script.
The Russo Brothers fashioned AGBO to be a platform-agnostic storytelling manufacturing enterprise, but when The Grey Man works, it will give them two franchises at Netflix, every primarily based on unique IP. They’re again in enterprise with Evans, who like Hemsworth graced the 4 Marvel motion pictures, and they’re working with Gosling for the primary time. They most not too long ago accomplished directing Cherry, an indie drama primarily based on the true story of a PTSD-suffering man (performed by Tom Holland) who self-medicates and robs banks in Cleveland, which is being shopped for distribution. Script is by Angela Russo-Otstot and Jessica Goldberg. AGBO simply oversaw the IFC Midnight launch of the Natalie Erika-directed Relic, the style movie that made its debut at Sundance. Additionally they have with 101 Studios Metropolis of A Million Troopers, written and directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan, which premiered at Venice and Toronto final fall. The drama is a couple of group of males who battle ISIS.
AGBO individually made a deal at Amazon Studios for Citadel, a worldwide thriller sequence that may star Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra. Amazon has mentioned a local-language manufacturing of the franchise will originate from Mexico, along with variations in Italy and India. Madden and Chopra, who each have world profiles, will star within the U.S. “mothership” version of the sequence.
The Russo Brothers are also making a live-action model of Hercules at Disney, and they’re adapting the novel Exit West with Netflix and Michelle and Barack Obama’s Larger Floor Productions.
“We hope to get that into production by late fall or early spring, COVID dependent,” Joe Russo mentioned. “It’s based on a tremendous book, a modern day fable that deals with magical realism and telling the quintessential Middle Eastern refugee story.” Added Anthony Russo: “There is this element of magical realism to how the experience of being a refugee ends up playing out.”
CAA reps the Russo Brothers, Gosling and Evans, and the latter is managed by three Arts.