The Gray Man enters production

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Mark Greaney’s 2009 thriller novel The Gray Man has been optioned by New Regency Pictures for the big screen treatment.

The book, which centres on a character called Court Gentry who is known as The Gray Man, is a sort of spy-assassin thriller that follows Gentry as he carries out his job offing targets.

Unfortunately for him, there are “forces far more lethal than Gentry in the world” who want him out of the picture, and who have pegged him for termination. Can Gentry survive?

Coming Soon report that scribe Adam Cozad has been assigned adaptation duties on the project, while Company Shine Limited (the guys behind Merlin) are producting.

Cozad is also currently working on a new Jack Ryan film for Paramount Pictures, with Chris Pine cast in the titular role.

Could these be franchises to fill the void left by Bourne? It’ll all depend on the casting and the directors, we expect. Gentry sounds like the perfect role for any wannabe sleuth, and no doubt a dozen Hollywood stars will be bidding for the role once Cozad’s script is complete.

Who do you think should play Gentry?

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    • jnroberts

      May 3rd 2010, 20:38

      "The Gray Man" is one of those books that once you finish reading it you immediately think that it would make a great movie, so to hear that a screenplay is in the works is exciting news. I just hope they do not twist and play too much with the original character of Gentry that Mark Greaney has created as Gentry comes across as a very different character that is seen in most books and movies of this genre. It is because of the specific characteristics that Greaney has used to create the character of Gentry that allow him to survive and prevail through the wide variety of challenges that he finds himself facing throughout the course of his book, which are exciting and nonstop throughout the entire book. I could see guys like Jeremy Renner, Paul Walker or Josh Lucas playing Gentry. Being that it clearly has potential to be a franchise, leave the bigger names and pretty boys out of the running and give someone like these guys a chance at the leading role.

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