Joe Russo
Courtesy of Joe Russo
United States
2022

AGBO

Joe
Russo

Russo and his directing-producing partner and older brother, Anthony Russo, kicked off 2022 by announcing a major deal for their prodco, AGBO, which nabbed a $400 million investment from Nexon. Giving the video game maker a 38% stake in their company will help them build franchises with extensions in virtual worlds.  Still, the highlight of their year was “The Gray Man,” which debuted at No. 1 in 92 countries for Netflix. The streamer must have been happy with the results, because it hired the duo to helm an adaptation of Simon Stålenhag’s graphic novel “The Electric State,” about a young woman (Millie Bobby Brown) who teams with a robot to search for her lost brother. The siblings also produced A24’s “­Everything Everywhere All at Once,” written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka Daniels. 

Career

  • THE GRAY MAN
  • AVENGERS: ENDGAME
  • EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Disney's Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Will Be ‘More Experimental’ and Inspired by TikTok, Says Producer Joe Russo

Disney's Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Will Be ‘More Experimental’ and Inspired by TikTok, Says Producer Joe Russo

In this week's cover story for Variety, filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo are clear that their dedication to their own independent studio, AGBO, means the directors of "Avengers: Endgame" don't expect to make another movie with Marvel Studios any time soon.“We won’t be ready to do anything with Marvel until the end of the decade,” Joe Russo says.The Russos have, however, already returned to Marvel's parent company, Disney. Through AGBO, they're producing a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1997 animated feature...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

““Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.””

What or who inspires you?

“My Wife and Children”

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