Netflix has been hemorrhaging subscribers and money these past months and is gambling it all on a $200-million manhunt thriller that is the streaming company’s costliest movie ever.
From the Russo Brothers who made The Avengers and Captain America movie series, the film will be screened in select theaters starting July 15 and show up on Netflix July 22.
Netflix desperately needs a hit after disastrous losses and layoffs. Company shares took a deep plunge earlier this month.
The Gray Man is the story of a violent manhunt across several countries in Europe for secret CIA information obtained by former CIA hitman Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling) that his former colleague, psychopath Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), plus a horde of assassins will do anything to get. Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) has Gentry’s back.
The film was mostly shot in France and the Czech Republic and is based on a novel by best-selling author Mark Greaney, who also collaborated on Tom Clancy’s books before Clancy’s death in 2013, and continued the Jack Ryan character after Clancy died.
‘The Batman’ is expected to bring in more than $100-million at its U.S. opening this March 4 weekend, with pre-sales indicating even more.
This means the movie will already make more than half its $200-million cost.
Directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig, the film stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, with Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard and Andy Serkis.
Reeves explores Batman’s detective side more than previous films, drawing inspiration from the Batman films of the 1970s and the original Batman comics.
The movie was shot in the U.K. and in Chicago between January 2020 and March 2021 on a budget of $200-million.
Sexiest line by Catwoman as she touches Batman’s hood: