Anthony & Joe Russo Now Set to Direct Adaptation of 'The Gray Man'
A few years ago, We Own the Night director James Gray was slated to direct an adaptation of Mark Greaney's novel The Gray Man, and Brad Pitt was even attached to star. The project never got off the ground, but Sony Pictures has optioned the rights to the first book in a four-part series with plans to turn the books into a franchise. And Variety reports Captain America: The Winter Soldier directing duo Anthony & Joe Russo are attached to write and direct the adaptation that follows a CIA operative-turned-assassin who looks to evade mysterious forces as he tries to save his daughters, who don’t know he exists.
Joe Russo told the trade, "“We found the material to be very compelling and ultra realistic and has a great character at the heart of it. We are most interested in stories that are entrenched in the most modern elements that go on today and we think this book does an amazing job at explaining that.” Producer Joe Roth worked hard to get the Russo brothers on board the film, and it sounds like this could easily allow them to show off their love of 1970s thrillers again. That doesn't mean they need those films as influence to make a good film, but their grasp on that kind of storytelling is certainly refreshing, so we're on board. Of course, since they've got Captain America 3 coming, we're not sure when this will get off the ground.