Anthony and Joe Russo, the directing brother-team currently enjoying the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have been tasked by Sony Pictures with writing and directing an adaptation of Mark Greaney’s novel The Gray Man. Variety reports that the Russo brothers are to adapt the first of Greaney’s four-part book series, which Sony has optioned with plans of a franchise.
The Gray Man tells the story of a CIA operative-turned-assassin who evades covert force teams “as he tries to save the lives of the daughters who don’t know he exists.”
The project has been in development hell for some time, and was originally set up at New Regency with James Gray (We Own the Night, The Immigrant) directing and Brad Pitt attached as the lead. After the rights to Greaney’s work expired, Sony Pictures took over. Joe Roth and Palak Patel (Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz the Great and the Powerful) are now producing.
The franchise “could be the next Bourne Identity movie series,” if you believe producer Roth. It certainly sounds like a promising film series, with the attachment of the Russo brothers definitely piquing our interest. As great as this could be, we’ll have to wait till these brothers deliver us Marvel’s third Captain America film first. Captain America 3 is set to hit U.S. cinemas on May 6, 2016.