James Gray To Helm ‘The Gray Man’, Yes He Realizes That’s His Last Name Too

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Director James Gray (We Own The Night) is working on his next movie, an adaptation of the novel The Gray Man by Mark Greaney. The book covers familiar Bourne Identity-like ground, about an assassin forced to fight his way across Europe in order to save his CIA handler and handler’s family. But Gray (who, interestingly enough, has a surname that is identical to one of the words in the title of the movie he’s directing) has a pretty bold and unique idea for how to differentiate his movie from the myriad thrillers of the past: He wants to shoot The Gray Man almost entirely from the point of view of the assassin. It’ unknown whether this means he’s going to go for a totally first-person gimmick like The Lady in the Lake, or if he has a more subtle approach in mind. Here he is telling Deadline about his desire to differentiate himself from second and third Bourne movie director Paul Greengrass:

“What he did was a documentary-style objective approach, and he owns that style. I want to do the opposite, which feels like a good way to sympathize with a professional hitman. You humanize him by never distancing yourself from his experience. This story has emotional stakes that enable me to do that.”

This probably sounds very interesting to you if you’re a sucker for stylistic gimmicks like me. We’ll see if it ends up being an asset to the movie or a distraction.

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