Netflix is looking to build a franchise with The Gray Man. It was announced today that the streaming giant is developing not only a sequel to the film but also a spinoff title. The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, with the outlet revealing Ryan Gosling will return to headline the sequel. Also returning for the sequel are directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who will produce through their AGBO banner once again. Details regarding the spin-off are sparse, however, Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are on board to pen the film; no director is attached to the project.
The Gray Man hit Netflix on July 22nd, following a limited theatrical run on July 15th. It is based on the best-selling book series by Mark Greaney, which currently consists of twelve books. The film adaptation stars Ryan Gosling as Six, a secret agent who is being tracked by Chris Evans’ sociopathic mercenary at the behest of a top government official hoping to hide his own wrongdoing.
“With so many amazing characters in the movie, we had always intended for the Gray Man to be part of an expanded universe, and we are thrilled that Netflix is announcing a sequel with Ryan,” the Russo brothers said in a statement to the press.
Scott Stuber, who serves as the head of global film for Netflix, noted the service’s desire to build out the film universe. “With The Gray Man, the Russos delivered an edge-of-your-seat spectacle that audiences around the world are loving. We’re excited to continue to partner with them and the team at AGBO as they build out The Gray Man universe.”
The Gray Man, which currently has a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is now streaming on Netflix. A release window for The Gray Man’s sequel has not yet been announced.