Last week, I had an epic conversation with Joe Carnahan. Which is pretty much how all conversations go when you’re talking to Joe Carnahan. The director of The Grey, Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team is one of the most honest and outspoken directors in Hollywood, never shy about telling people what’s what. That’s why he sometimes burns bridges, leaves projects he’s not passionate about, and signs up for films that may never get made. He knows what he likes, and thinks he knows what the audience likes, and won’t compromise on either point.
My interview with Carnahan was so big, in fact, we have to break it into three parts. Each part will work on its own, but also have references back to the others. In this, part one of three, most of the conversation centered on what happened, and is happening, with his latest film Stretch. Carnahan talks about what’s needed to finish the film, how made some uncommercial choices with it and more. He also exclusively admits he’s close to begging to go back to do Death Wish, and talks about his respect for Marvel Studios, working in television, and general disappointment with the Hollywood machine. Read More »
The reason Joe Carnahan doesn’t make more movies is he doesn’t want to make Hollywood movies. The director of The Grey, Smokin’ Aces and Narc is one of the most honest and talented filmmakers out there, which isn’t always a good combination. It means he sometimes has to leave projects he doesn’t feel passionate about or attaches himself to movies that might never get made. That’s one reason he’s been working a lot in television recently; he feels there’s more creative freedom in TV.
Thursday night, Carnahan is set to receive the Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown; to mark the occasion, /Film had an in-depth conversation with the director. We got updates on Stretch, Death Wish, Nemesis, Continue, you name it. And while we’ll run more on those soon, one of the most exciting things we talked about was Paramount’s desire to make a TV series based on his 2002 show, Narc.
Carnahan said he was writing the outline right now. He compared it, and the process, to True Detective, in that he could potentially write and/or direct the entire series. Read more about the Joe Carnahan Narc TV show and check back soon for the other updates. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Jason Blum made a heck of a lot of money for Universal last summer. His film The Purge cost just $3 million to make and raked in nearly $90 million at the global box office. Nevertheless, Universal apparently isn’t feeling too great about his next project for the studio. Universal has scrapped plans to release Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch, just two months before it was set to open. Hit the jump to find out why.
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Mark Millar‘s relationship with fans is… complicated. On one hand, the talented and prolific comic book writer has done some of the most biggest comics in the past decade and maintains a fantastic open dialogue with his readers. On the other hand, he sometimes speaks out of turn about potential film deals and hypes his work to insurmountable heights. At times, it’s difficult to take him seriously because while he’s sometimes right (Kick-Ass), many others he’s not (Kick-Ass 2.)
Both sides of Millar are out in full effect this week. Joe and Matthew Carnahan just completed their screenplay adaptation of Millar’s comic book Nemesis, which follows a billionaire who turns himself into a super villain rather than a hero. It’s set up at 20th Century Fox and Carnahan is attached to direct. Millar recently read the screenplay and published his thoughts on his website. He claims he’s not being hyperbolic when he says the film is “going to be one of the best movies of the decade,” but it’s hard to believe him. But, then again, maybe he’s right. Read his write-up below. Read More »
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Joe Carnahan is straight killing it right now. He’s completed filming on his latest movie, Stretch, turned in a screenplay he co-wrote for Mark Millar’s Nemesis, and directed not one, but two recent TV pilots including NBC’s The Blacklist, one of the season’s biggest early hits. If that’s not enough, he’s now attached to direct the first episode of a potential CBS drama called Angel Times based on a series of novels by popular author Anne Rice. The show will follow a cold-blooded assassin in modern-day New Orleans who attempts to find redemption for his evil life by traveling back in time. Read More »
Want to see a bunch of awesome key frame art from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight? How about the first trailer for the Man of Steel Blu-ray? What’s the latest comic and idea from Mark Millar? Where can you see some new footage from Thor: The Dark World on TV? Has Joe Carnahan finished his Nemesis script? How is Joseph Gordon-Levitt feeling with the announcement of Batman vs. Superman? Did CinemaSins tackle Ben Affleck in Daredevil? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Following a solid box office performance by The Purge, Universal is getting back into business with Blumhouse Productions for another microbudget genre pic. Only this one falls a bit outside Jason Blum‘s usual horror wheelhouse.
The studio is set to distribute the Blum-produced, Joe Carnahan-directed Stretch, an action comedy starring Patrick Wilson. Ed Helms and Chris Pine have also signed on in recent weeks, and now Brooklyn Decker has come aboard as well. Get details on her character and the new release date after the jump.
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UPDATE: A few minor tweaks have been made to this story since it was first published.
Preliminary details on Joe Carnahan‘s latest film, a small budget thriller produced by horror guru Jason Blum, have now been revealed. We already knew it was called Stretch and that Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Watchmen) would be the star. Now Ed Helms, whose summer scheduled freed up when Vacation was put on hold, has been cast. According to reports, Wilson plays a down on his luck chauffeur who takes a risky job driving around a mysterious billionaire to settle some debts. Helms plays a colleague, of sorts, to Wilson and Chris Pine also stars. Read More »
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After Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey turned into a hit with critics and audiences, the director has worked on a couple projects that ended up going nowhere (Daredevil) or in directions that weren’t amenable to him (Death Wish). That’s an all-too-familiar situation for the director, who has worked for years to make films such as Killing Pablo and White Jazz. But credit Carnahan with persistence and stamina, as he doesn’t give up.
Now the director has a new potential directing gig, as he’s in talks to make Sugar Bandits, which would be an adaptation of the novel Devils in Exile, by Chuck Hogan. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Joe Carnahan has been adding projects to his slate left and right since 2011’s The Grey, but he’s now dropped one of them from his schedule. The filmmaker has abruptly exited Death Wish, Paramount / MGM’s remake of the 1974 thriller starring Charles Bronson.
That doesn’t mean his slate is getting any less crowded, though. Carnahan is now reportedly circling Narco Sub, the drug smuggling thriller that Tony Scott was set to helm before he passed away. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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