Looking to score a blockbuster hit, Netflix has signed Joe and Antony Russo to direct a film version of the book series The Gray Man, about a former CIA operative. The movie, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, is set to go into product in January, according to Deadline. Netflix is reportedly budgeting $200 million for the film, with the hopes that the pricey original will launch a spy thriller franchise for the streaming giant.
This will be the next project between Netflix and the Russo brothers, who currently have the most-watched Netflix original with, starring Chris Hemsworth. Joe Russo is already set to work on . The Russo brothers also directed the blockbuster in 2019.
For the new thriller, Joe Russo told Deadline: “The intention is for it to be competitive with any theatrical, and the ability to do that 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.”
So far, the Gray Man series includes five books written by Mark Greaney.
Netflix on Thursday announced, reporting that it added 10.09 million subscribers in the fiscal quarter. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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