New Regency has plans to adapt the Mark Greaney novel The Gray Man, and they’ve found the perfect person to direct. Keeping it in the name family, James Gray has signed on to helm the film according to Deadline. Gray has a very distinct vision of how he wants the thriller to turn out. The Gray Man won’t be another Jason Bourne knock off.
The Gray Man centers on “a former CIA operative-turned ultimate assassin must fight his way across Europe and past special forces teams from around the world in order to save the life of his handler and the handler’s family.” The script is written by Adam Cozad who also penned the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot. He’s all over these political thrillers isn’t he?
Gray plans on shooting the film from the point of view of the protagonist (the assassin) similar to how he did with his previous film We Own the Night. In that movie [Spoiler], Joaquin Phoenix’s character watched from the back of a car as assassins gunned down his police chief father (Robert Duvall). “Almost every shot was from Joaquin’s point of view, inside that car, and I want to make a whole movie with that POV,” Gray said.
This sounds like an interesting visual take on the material. We’re excited to see him bring it to fruition.
What do you think of Gray directing The Gray Man?