Despite the negative reaction, Netflix is going full steam ahead on building out its Gray Man franchise.
The streaming service, desperate for an original and successful franchise, is committing to a sequel and spin-off.
Ryan Gosling with Joe and Anthony Russo are returning alongside The Gray Man co-writer Stephen McFeely penning the screenplay. The Russo’s will also be producing with Mike Larocca under their AGBO production banner.
The surprise announcement was that we’re also getting a spin-off, but no plot details were revealed, but we know Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will be working on the script.
Based on the best-selling book series for the same name, The Gray Man follows Gosling as secret agent Six as he’s been tracked down by sociopathic mercenary Lloyd, played by Chris Evans and his moustache, on orders of a top government official to cover their own wrongdoing.
When talking about expanding the franchise, the Russos said: “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.”
“With The Gray Man, the Russos delivered and edge-of-year 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,” added Scott Stuber, head of global film at Netflix.
Stuber isn’t wrong either. Even though the critics are split 50/50 with a 48% Rotten Tomatoes score, the RT audience score is at a massive 91% with the action-thriller debuting on the streamer at No.1 in 92 countries according to their internal rankings with 88.55 million hours of viewing over its opening weekend.
The Gray Man is available to watch now on Netflix.