You Can Thank Ryan Gosling's Mother for The Gray Man Sequel

The Russo brothers have announced that a follow-up is on the way, along with a spin-off.
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In this golden age of streamer entertainment, much has been made over who holds the power for films and TV series to be recommissioned. The answer? Turns out it’s Ryan Gosling’s mum. Just days after she announced in private that her boy’s newest production – the 007-lite The Gray Man on Netflix – was her favourite of all his films: bam! The Russo brothers announce that there’s to be a sequel and spin-off series.

In their official statement, the Russos said: “??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. 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.”

In a follow up interview with Deadline, one half of the directing duo (Joe) revealed that it was (at least in part) thanks to Mama Gosling: “Everybody loves the movie. The audience score is fantastic, the response has been overwhelming, No. 1 in 93 countries. Evans and Gosling are very happy with the film, Ryan has told me his mother said it’s her favourite movie he’s ever made. We’ll take that as certification that we need a sequel, that feedback from Ryan’s mother.”

As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Gosling and the Russo bros will reunite for the globetrotting sequel film – once again presumably clocking up more carbon miles than Kylie Jenner running some errands – and then the spin-off will be written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, with actors yet to be announced. We could possibly see returns from Gosling’s co-stars, Ana De Armas, Jessica Henwick and Regé-Jean Page; that is, if he’s not announced as the new Bond in the interim.

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Joe Russo also told Deadline to expect perhaps something a little more arthouse, rather than shoot-em-up blockbuster: “We’re going to do something a little more edgy and experimental,” saying that it will definitely be rated “Hard R”.

FromEsquire UK

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