CATEGORIES Movie NewsBrad Pitt as a former CIA operative–turned–assassin on the run across Europe in the thriller 'The Gray Man' sounds like Jason Bourne territory, but the film's director promises he'll have an entirely different visual approach to the rogue-spy story.
James Gray ('The Yards') has said he's planning to shoot the adaptation of Mark Greaney's novel from the point of view of the assassin, instead of Paul Greengrass's "documentary-style, objective approach" in the second and third 'Bourne' films.
"He owns that style," Gray said of Greengrass. "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."
Pitt's name was linked to the project back in January, but his reps denied them at the time. There's still a question whether he'll do the film as he's currently "in talks" and because the timing has yet to be determined, but with news that he'll also produce via his Plan B company, chances look good.
According to Deadline, if Angelina Jolie does Disney's 'Maleficent' next, it'll be Brad's turn to take a movie hiatus. If he does do 'The Gray Man' next, it would have to be after 'World War Z' wraps up this fall.
Does this sound different enough from 'Bourne?'
[via Variety, Deadline]