Published Jul 17, 2020Netflix has been happy to spend some big cash on original content over the years, but the streaming giant will soon bust out its wallet even further with the company's most expensive feature film yet.
Anthony and Joe Russo — who are best known for a number of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — are set to helm a new franchise starter called The Gray Man, and Netflix is set to pay $200 million USD for the project.
The film will star Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, the latter of whom worked with the Russos on films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Endgame.
The Gray Man was scripted by Joe Russo based on a series of novels from Mark Greaney. The story follows an ex-CIA operative turned hitman (Gosling) who is pursuing an old colleague who is now his nemesis (Evans).
"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 told 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."
The hope is to launch a full-blown franchise with Gosling as a star.