Joe Carnahan‘s new film The Grey opens this week, and the movie is a return to the early promise of Carnahan’s movie Narc, which was released in 2004. The Grey is a solid little movie that combines familiar characters with tense action and survival situations, and it should do pretty well with audiences. And if the movie does click with the public, we might see it back in theaters late this year, the better to position it for possible awards. Read More »

One of the perks of being a film fan is there’s always something to look forward to. We wait and wait for a project to come together and, once the credits roll, we’re immediately looking forward to the next thing. Sometimes it’s what’s coming out next week, other times it’s a sequel and in the case of our favorite directors, it’s whatever they choose to do next. Two directors who fit into that category, who’ve both recently finished films, have just dropped significant hints of which projects they plan to tackle next.

David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo came out last month and talk almost immediately began about the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, being greenlit. And while that’s likely the case, it’s looking less and less likely that Fincher will return. Reports are that he’ll finally make a movie he’s been attached to and developing for some time, a 3D remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Joe Carnahan‘s latest, The Grey, opens in two weeks so he too is eyeing his next project. Like Fincher, his name has been attached to a bunch of different projects but in a new interview he suggested he’ll do the Pablo Escobar drug-drama Killing Pablo next, possibly followed by the crime noir White Jazz.

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/Film will be recapping and discussing each episode of the third season of Breaking Bad. A spoiler warning applies after the jump for the recaps and for the comments section. Meth heads welcome. For previous recaps, click here.

In movies, when bank robbers and gangsters grumble, “I’m never going back to jail, they’ll have to kill me,” the statement does not uniformly rule out visiting peers who are incarcerated. On the other side of the glass, a visit can be a sobering reminder against surrender, and a satisfying reassurance of dominance to the criminal mind—”Better him than me”—all the while keeping the enemy close. Walter White has never served a prison sentence, but he’s weathered a death sentence as a patient confined to a hospital. The time served there, the loss of freedom and control over his life, forever skewed his outlook on mortality and morality. The hospital is a sort of prison in Walter’s psyche, and in season three, he seems to gain an introspective satisfaction in visiting others there—standing over their beds, his hand—or in the enemy’s case his eyes—on theirs.

Episode seven, and especially episode eight, entitled “I See You” (a play on the acronym for “intensive care unit”) demonstrate how smoothly Walt operates in this setting when he’s not the patient. “I hide in plain site, same as you,” Gus Fring tells him. And in this episode, Walt is never far from a character who is bruised, bloodied, unconscious, emotionally scarred or confused, characters snagged directly or indirectly in the wrath of Walt’s crimes, and thus weaker than him. The hospital scenes in “I See You” are an affirmation for Walt of a reality in which he’s the patriarch of survival, his facade the armor.

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I wonder how they celebrated? Smoking Aces director, Joe Carnahan, has hired Edgar Ramirez (right) for his Colombian nose candy kingpin, Pablo Escobar, in the true-crime epic Killing Pablo. Ramirez plays the revolutionary, Ciro Redondo, in both of Steven Soderbergh’s Che biopics, and he previously starred in The Bourne Ultimatum and Vantage Point. Our friends at CHUD got the scoop from a clearly amped Smokin’ Joe…

“…I couldn’t be more fired up by the prospect. He’s coming at it with boundless enthusiasm, conviction to the role and and the understanding that he’s going to have to pack on anywhere from 35 to 40lbs.”

My favorite part in the book, Killing Pablo, is when an especially tubby Escobar is at wit’s end, his crime syndicates fragmented or sniped, and he’s juggling phones and smoking joints by himself in bed. Carnahan’s going to rock this material, and I’m confident in his casting choice. Earlier this month we reported that Javier Bardem had dropped out of the titular role. CHUD didn’t discuss Christian Bale‘s involvement, but he remains attached to play Steve Jacoby, the U.S. authority who lead the agonizingly complex hunt for Escobar. In a twist, on IMDB Ramierz is listed to play Escobar in Antoine Fuqua’s competing 2009 film Escobar, produced by Oliver Stone. I wonder how this switch played out?

Javier Bardem, undoubtedly stirred by Vinny Chase’s stunning portrayal of Pablo Escobar, has decided not to star as the Colombian kingpin in Joe Carnahan‘s Killing Pablo opposite Christian Bale. Coming Soon reports that Bardem shot down questions about his involvement at a recent press junket, calling the rumors a “mistake.” His attachment to the film goes back to 2007, and he remains listed for the part on IMDB.

What’s more, some online press outlets have noted that Bale is not mentioning the project during his rounds for The Dark Knight, choosing instead to discuss his role in the new Terminator franchise. Update: Latino Review via Twitter says Bale recently confirmed to them that he’s still on board. The film is due to begin filming this fall, and days ago, a clearly stoked Carnahan (Smoking Aces, Narc) posted a huge photo on his blog on location in Medellin, standing where Escobar was shot dead by authorities. The director makes no mention of casting in this post.

Having read Mark Bowden’s Killing Pablo, the source material for the film, I feel this is definitely a story that needs to be told on screen. The sheer scale of Escobar’s drug empire makes Al Pacino’s Scarface look as intimidating as a Scarface airbrushed t-shirt, and it set precedent for how far the United States was willing to go to capture an international terrorist, which Escobar was. Bardem was a good choice for the role. Other actors who would do the role justice: Benicio Del Toro (obviously), Jordi Molla (but he already played similar roles in Blow and Bad Boys 2), Seth Rogen and Andy Dick.

Discuss: What actor is perfect for Pablo Escobar?

Page 2 for April 22nd 2008

Indiana Jones 4 Billboard

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

The Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull billboards in Los Angeles are out of control. [Rejects]

Louis Leterrier is downplaying The Incredible Hulk dispute with actor/screenwriter Edward Norton and Marvel: “It’s so unsettling, because it’s not true.” [Sci-Fi]

Joe Carnahan will be shooting a big portion of Killing Pablo in Colombia, “which is really the only place you should make that film.”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Empire Magazine has new photos from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Joel Silver says the Wachowski Brothers have ideas for Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin sequels. Let’s wait for the first films to be released and or filmed before we start talking about sequels, please. [Collider]

Enter to win the One Missed Call sweepstakes.

Baghead PosterCinematical has the poster for The Duplass Brother’s Sundance hit Baghead.

LatinoReview has a script review of Chris Bertolini’s Battle: Los Angeles which was recently picked up by Columbia and is set to shoot sometime this year: “Uninspired, predictable, logic-defying ending.”

Virginia Madsen has signed on to co-star in the Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia for Fox Searchlight. Snor. [Variety]

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) has replaced Thomas Kretschmann as the voice of Johann Kraus in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. [CS]

The Pixar Story will be released on DVD in June. [pixarblog]

The Strangers Movie PosterSTYD has the poster for The Strangers, Rogue Pictures’ home invasion film starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.

Marvel Comics announced that it will publish a comic-book series based on Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game book series. [scifi]

Michael Moore
has announced his support for Barack Obama, which is expected considering he slammed Clinton in SiCKO?

Production has started in Connecticut this week on an untitled contemporary comedy directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. [CS]

Joe Carnahan Red Camera

Joe Carnahan plans to embrace the new high definition revolution, and hopes to shoot his upcoming Pablo Escobar biopic Killing Pablo on the new Red camera system.

“I really want to do a great deal of KP on the Red or another digital format that gives me the same kind of freedom that that particular system grants. We took it out in Sacramento and shot all over the place with it and I was just amazed on how simple the set-up was. Now I don’t think the Red can handle low light like the Genesis. Not yet at least. I think around 1000asa was where we were most comfortable with it. BUT, in its handheld configuration, it’s probably 10-12lbs lighter than the Genesis and that’s huge. It’s ease of use is unsurpassed as far as I’m concerned.”

They are using the new Red system on the new Gerard Butler movie currently titled Game (butt his will change) and it was incredible. The way the digital workflow frees the production process is the future, no doubt.

source: SmokinJoe

Joe Carnahan Updates Killing Pablo/White Jazz

Joe Carnahan

Joe Carnahan still isn’t sure which of his two greenlit films will go into production next, but he gives us this update:

“There are two actors that I’m interested in for [White Jazz]. Both are available and both are apparently keen on the script. But it’s all speculation at the point. [Killing Pablo] on the other hand, seems likes it’s about to blow and blow big. I’ve got somebody. We met for an extended period when I was in NYC and he is my absolute first and only choice for the film since that meeting. This enthusiasm is mutual. If I was a betting man, I would go with [Killing Pablo] happening quickly. But I’m repeatedly waylaid by the twists and turns of this business, so to pretend like I know or could even gauge an outcome is pretty preposterous.”

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Joe Carnahan

White Jazz ScriptEarlier today we told you that Joe Carnahan was considering shooting Killing Pablo before White Jazz. He’s now asking the help of his blog readers to help him make a decision. And in an unprecedented move, he has publicly published both scripts online for you to help him make a decision.

Is he crazy? Well yes, but we already knew that. I’ve always assumed that leaking scripts onto the internet during preproduction was a very bad thing. Won’t Warner and Yari be angry that he just uploaded the script to two upcoming greenlit projects? But now that I think of it, exactly how many people are going to read these anyways? Spoilers won’t keep people from buying a ticket, because after all, they are both based on high profile books. I’m not sure if I clearly understand Joe’s motives in this move, but I’m with him 100%.

Click on the links below to read the scripts. Tell Joe what you think here.

Update: Joe was asked by his management to remove the scripts from the website.

“I’ve also taken the scripts off the site so for those of you that grabbed it beforehand, bully to you. I still might be able to put them back up in the next few days.”