Where are you going after Avengers: Endgame? Marvel has had growing pains following up on one of the biggest movies of all time, but directors Anthony and Joe Russo haven’t had that problem.
Fresh from their stint with the Avengers, the duo became AGBO, a production company where they had free rein to choose their own projects (including Netflix’s hit Extraction), all while amplifying new voices.
“We’re in a unique position in our career where we get to choose what we want to do,” Joe Russo tells us during a press event for Netflix’s The Gray Man.
According to Joe Russo, AGBO “really builds on a lesson we learned from Steven Soderbergh: just the notion of ‘one for you, one for them.'” He continues: “Film is a business and when you make people money, you can use the cache and brand equity you get from that to do more personal projects.”
That, in turn, has led the Russos down the path of some up-and-coming filmmakers, as well as producing Everything Everywhere All at Once, directed by the Daniels.
“We’re trying to open the door to other interesting young filmmakers like the Daniels,” explains Joe Russo. “We’re trying to use the kind of commercial moves that Anthony and I can make to help younger filmmakers break through the system with really interesting and personal material.”
Far from fostering the next generation of talent, the Russos have another major Netflix project on their hands, one that reportedly exceeds The Gray Man’s $200 million budget. Millie Bobby Brown is attached to star in The Electric State. , while Chris Pratt is in talks to join her.
While details are still scarce at this early stage, Anthony Russo has outlined the premise for his upcoming Netflix movie.
“It’s based on a brilliant graphic novel by Simon Stalenhag and it kind of reimagines the 1990s as a kind of 1990s American West,” says Anthony Russo. “There’s a war going on between humans and AI robots and this story takes place after that war. It’s basically about a sister who’s been separated from her brother during the war and she’s trying to find him.”
The Gray Man is in select theaters now and will be available on Netflix starting July 22, 2022. For more from the Russos, check out our full interview with the directors.