‘The Gray Man’ Sequel And Prequel Confirmed By Netflix, The Russos Returning To Direct

This news comes at a funny time. While in San Diego, I had a conversation with a colleague about The Gray Man and how Netflix would do EVERYTHING in its power to make sure the film was a hit regardless of the reviews. Well, the mega-expensive blockbuster had a lukewarm response, but Netflix doesn’t care. They’re moving ahead not only on a sequel, but the previously-revealed prequel.

Netflix has announced a sequel to The Gray Man that’ll once again be led by Ryan Gosling as Sierra Six. Joe and Anthony Russo will once again direct, with The Gray Man co-writer Stephen McFeely flying solo on this one. No details on the plot, but expect Jessica Henwick, Regé-Jean Page,  Julia Butters, and Ana de Armas to return in some capacity.

“The audience reaction to ‘The Gray Man’ has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are so appreciative of the enthusiasm that fans across the world have had for this film,” Joe and Anthony Russo said in a statement. “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, as well as a second script that we’re excited to talk about soon.”

As for the spinoff prequel, the Russos previously confirmed that it would center on Evans’ psychopathic Lloyd Hansen character. The script is by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, known for their work on Deadpool and Zombieland.

So the Russos are plenty busy with their own stuff over at Netflix. Who knows if they’ll ever come back to Marvel, but if they do it probably won’t be until the pair of Avengers flicks at the end of Phase 6.


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.