Netflix released “The Gray Man” last month. The movie got mixed reactions from critics and audiences, but it is doing well on the streaming site. The movie earned Netflix’s second-biggest opening weekend of the year for a movie. However, it has now earned the title of Netflix’s #1 movie of the year and #4 of all time. Earlier today, directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Instagram to celebrate the news.
“Huge congrats to The Gray Man team! And thanks to all of you for watching. 👊👊,” they wrote. You can check out the post below:
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Netflix announced a sequel and spinoff to The Gray Man soon after the movie was released. The Gray Man will get a direct sequel with Ryan Gosling returning. The Russos, Mike Larocca, Joe Roth, and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum are all involved in producing the follow-up movie.
Netflix is developing a spinoff movie that is set in the same universe as The Gray Man. This spinoff will be written by the writers of Deadpool. We do not expect Chris Evans to return for the sequel, but there is always a chance he could appear in the spinoff if it happens before the first film. Joe Russo previously teased that Evans is playing a “sociopath,” which is very different from his role as Captain America.
“We didn’t have to sell Chris on the role; Chris sold us, in a way,” Joe Russo told Den of Geek. “We were talking to him as we were wrapping up Infinity War and then Avengers: Endgame about what’s next for him or where he wanted to go in his career, and he said, ‘You know what? I’m comfortable enough in my life and the work I’ve done that I’m just interested in taking risks moving forward, and I just want to play challenging characters.’ So it seemed obvious to us that the right move here would be to offer Chris the sociopath and not the hero.”
“The intention is for it to be competitive with any theatrical and the ability to do with Gosling and Evans is a dream for us,” Joe Russo previously said about the project. “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 character 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.”
The Gray Man is streaming on Netflix.