Netflix has been going at it hard when it comes to their original movies lately like Gunpowder Milkshake and the extremely awesome Fear Street trilogy. But their biggest production yet will be the upcoming The Gray Man, which still doesn’t have a release date. That said, the Russo Brothers have wrapped Netflix’s The Gray Man with Chris Evans. See how they celebrated:
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For those who don’t know, the Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling action thriller is based off a novel series by Mark Greaney, who also co-wrote some of the Jack Ryan stories with Tom Clancy. He even continued the Jack Ryan storyline after Tom Clancy’s death back in 2013. But The Gray Man, which debuted in 2009 and has had 9 books since then, is a different beast entirely.
It’s about two trained killers named Court Gentry (played by Ryan Gosling in the film) and Lloyd Hansen (Played by Chris Evans). They both worked in the CIA together, and Hansen is now chasing Gentry around the world, which sounds really exciting. But what I’m most excited about is the fact that the Russo Brothers are working on it. This is their first feature length film since the blockbuster, Avengers: Endgame.
And while a movie about CIA killers doesn’t sound like it is of the same scope and magnitude of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes battling their greatest threat, that doesn’t mean that the Russo Brothers aren’t taking the same go big, or go home approach with this new movie. The Gray Man has a budget of at least $200 million dollars, making it the costliest Netflix movie ever.
Still, some might say that Netflix would be better off not spending such large sums of money on original movies. Especially when buying the rights to older flicks, like the Twilight series, might be a wiser investment. Fans of the streaming service seem to love that stuff given the recent surge of viewers who have been watching or re-watching the popular franchise.
But as we’ve recently seen when paying close attention to Netflix’s Top Ten Content list, a lot of fans do watch the Netflix original movies on the popular streaming service. Extraction, which starred another Avenger in Chris Hemsworth, was a massive hit, and will be getting a sequel. And Zack Snyder’s recent, Army of the Dead, was also very popular.
Plus, Netflix has big plans for The Gray Man, as I’m sure they will want to adapt the other books in the series if this first one is a rollicking success. Really, you can look at it two ways. Should Netflix invest in original movies, or should they just spend more money on older popular movies and then put those on the streaming service? Given the popularity of Netflix original movies like Extraction and Bird Box, I think the answer is clear. But what do you think? Would you rather see more original Netflix movies, or a more robust library of older films? Sound off in the poll below!
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Rich is a Jersey boy, through and through. He graduated from Rutgers University (Go, R.U.!), and thinks the Garden State is the best state in the country. That said, he’ll take Chicago Deep Dish pizza over a New York slice any day of the week. Don’t hate. When he’s not watching his two kids, he’s usually working on a novel, watching vintage movies, or reading some obscure book.
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