The Gray Man Spinoff from Deadpool Writers Gets Greenlight From Netflix

Despite The Gray Man having only just been released on Netflix, plans for a franchise are already well underway, with a spinoff now in development. Coming courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, details of the spinoff of spy thriller The Gray Man are currently being kept under wraps, but it has been revealed that “Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are behind the script.”

The news lines up with recent rumors that first emerged back in May, which claimed that The Gray Man spinoff project would be a prequel centering on Chris Evans as Lloyd Hansen, the psychopathic former CIA agent who is contracted to capture Ryan Gosling’s Sierra Six in the first outing. Considering that Evans’ delightfully overblown, scenery-chewing performance has been highlighted by many as one of the most entertaining parts of The Gray Man, it makes sense why Netflix and directing duo The Russo Brothers would want to continue with the character.


While the spinoff being a prequel detailing the no doubt sordid, violent past of Lloyd Hansen has not yet been confirmed, all we know at present is that the project will explore a different element of The Gray Man universe, a Lloyd Hansen tale penned by the writers behind Deadpool is far too good a match to not be true.

The Gray Man 2 Has Now Been Given the Greenlight by Netflix


Since the beginning, The Russo Brothers have not been shy about wanting The Gray Man to spawn an action movie franchise.

“What we’re doing on Gray Man that’s different [is]… we’re not gonna answer every question in the first movie,” Joe Russo said back in 2020. “This is being conceived as a series of films, and again, potentially branching out, we could follow other characters, but we’re not gonna answer every question in the movie. So you’re gonna finish the movie, [and] have a complete story, but you’re still gonna have questions about the wider universe. And I think that’s one way to break the model a little bit, is to not give the audience everything in one film. Don’t have a close-ended narrative. Have an open-ended narrative that’s [like] a chapter in a book.”

With the first The Gray Man now premiering on Netflix (where it has been met with mixed reviews but high viewing numbers) the Russos have clearly gotten their wish, with the spinoff announced alongside confirmation that The Gray Man 2 will also go ahead. While details of the sequel also remain under wraps, it has been revealed that Ryan Gosling, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and co-writer Stephen McFeely will all return.

Based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney, The Gray Man centers on Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), the CIA’s most skilled mercenary whose true identity is known to none, who accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets. Soon, he finds himself pursued by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a psychopathic former colleague, who puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins.

The Gray Man is now available to stream on Netflix.