James Gray (“We Own the Night,” “Two Lovers”) has been set to direct a film adaptation of Mark Greaney’s 2009 thriller novel “The Gray Man” for New Regency Pictures says Deadline.
Greaney’s novel follows a former CIA spy-turned-assassin codenamed ‘The Gray Man’ who finds himself on the run through Europe as the mysterious forces of a powerful multinational corporation try to erase him. He also tries to save the lives of his handler and their family.
Gray says he plans to avoid the documentary-style objective approach of the ‘Bourne’ films by going in the opposite direction – shooting the film almost entirely from the point-of-view of the assassin, thus “you humanize him by never distancing yourself from his experience.” Think “Enter the Void” but less trippy.
Scribe Adam Cozad (“Dubai,” “Rules of Deception”), who is also writing a script for the new Jack Ryan film “Moscow” with Chris Pine, is adapting the script.