The long-gestating adaptation of Mark Greaney’s thriller novel The Gray Man has changed hands. The story follows a former CIA operative and current assassin who must fight his way across Europe, past special forces teams, in order to save the life of his handler. The project was set up several years ago with James Grey directing and Brad Pitt attached to star, but it languished in development hell as Grey and Pitt became busy with other films. The rights recently lapsed, producers Joe Roth and Palek Patel subsequently swooped it up, and now Sony Pictures is in control of the property and Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been attached to write and direct.
Hit the jump for more on The Gray Man movie, which is being planned as the first in a potential franchise.