Having become the first (and so far only) filmmakers to direct four installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, culminating in the gigantic back-to-back shoot of Avengers: Infinity War Y End of the game, one would think that Joe and Anthony Russo would be used to hard productions. And yet the brothers say the Netflix blockbuster the gray man it could have been the death of them.
Of course, a globe-trotting $200 million-budget production that was shot in the midst of a pandemic and relied less on CGI than his previous big-budget experiences instantly made the espionage action actor an entirely different proposition, with the duo of filmmakers admitting their exhaustion to Empire.
“This movie almost killed us. There’s like nine action sequences, and it’s so relentless in that regard. It was relentless to do it.”
Following the hopes that star Ryan Gosling had for the gray man Marking the start of a beautiful franchise, the Russos also outlined their intentions to pull at least several movies from the premise if they get the chance.
“We never want to curse him. But we’re already thinking where it goes from here. We like to build worlds, and we prefer to bet on the upside and put the energy and time to build that universe before launch, so that the ideas are more related and organic.
This is how you build a more complex mosaic narrative. We are intimately involved in all of this. The focus is to do gray man 2. Our appetite is voracious and the intention is always to do more than we can”.
A star-studded epic packed with big names coming from the directors of various beloved multi-billion dollar favorites is a recipe for success if there ever was one, so we’re inclined to think the gray man will end up getting those sequels.