It’s easy to forget about it since it came out so early, but for my money director Joe Carnahan’s survival drama The Grey is still one of the best films of 2012. It was considerably more low-key than his last pic, The A-Team, but I felt that Carnahan and Liam Neeson crafted something really special. It looks as though the director may be sticking with “low-key” for his next project, as he’s now set to direct Patrick Wilson in the low-budget actioner Stretch for IM Global and Blumhouse Pictures, the studio behind the Paranormal Activity series, Sinister, and Insidious.
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Carnahan has been a busy guy as of late, as he previously tried to get the Daredevil reboot off the ground before Fox realized it was too tight of a schedule to get the film made in time—they had to start production this fall in order to avoid the rights reverting to Marvel. He’s also been writing a remake of Death Wish that he intends to direct, but just the other day he mused on Twitter about possibly tackling a low-budget film first:
Thinking if ‘Death Wish’ isn’t next, I might knock out a 3 million dollar movie with my pal Jason Blum…stripped down, bare bones basics.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) October 29, 2012
News of Stretch comes in the form of an American Film Market deal (per Screen Daily), and as such details on the project are practically nonexistent. We don’t know the screenwriter or the plot, but Carnahan generally writes all of his projects so I assume he’ll have a hand in the script. Blumhouse Pictures is known for their “small budget, big profit” business model, so we’ll likely see a similar model used for Stretch. As a big fan of The Grey, I’m excited to see another smaller scale project from Carnahan. Hopefully we hear more soon.