Joe Carnahan Says FIVE AGAINST A BULLET Is Likely His Next Film; Might Cast a Younger Lead

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Filmmaker Joe Carnahan doesn’t mess around.  His movies range from gritty thrillers like Narc to big summer tentpoles like The A-Team to thoughtful, existential dramas like The Grey, and recently he’s been delving into television to great success with The Blacklist and the upcoming State of Affairs.  Though his latest feature film, a small-scale crazy actioner called Stretch, is currently looking for a distributor, we recently learned that Carnahan is lining up another feature project in Five Against a Bullet.  The Wild Bunch-esque story revolves around five bodyguards that are hired to protect a Mexican politician through a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel.

At the TCA Press Tour, Christina interviewed Carnahan in anticipation of his upcoming drama series State of Affairs, and the director touched on Five Against the Bullet, revealing that it will probably be his next film.  Check out what else he had to say about the project after the jump.

Exclusive: Director Joe Carnahan Talks STRETCH; Is Re-Cutting the Film and Plans to Debut It at a Festival This Year

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I’m a big Joe Carnahan fan.  I’ve enjoyed all of his movies, and his most recent, The Grey, was my favorite film of 2012.  I was eagerly anticipating his follow-up Stretch, which stars Patrick Wilson as “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”  The cast for the low-budget film also includes Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta, and David Hasselhoff.  So it was a bummer when Universal dropped the movie and it fell off the theatrical schedule this year.  Since then, we’ve been wondering when and how we’re going to see a movie that’s like “excessive 80’s R-rated action comedies,” according to Wilson.

At the TCA Press Tour, Christina interviewed Carnahan (who was there for his upcoming drama series State of Affairs), and got him to provide an update on Stretch and plans for a festival debut.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Producer Jason Blum Explains Why Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH Lost Its Release Date and When We Might See the Movie

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I was incredibly bummed when Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch was pulled from the calendar.  I’m a huge fan of the director (The Grey was my favorite film of 2012), and Stretch has a catchy premise: Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur who picks up a difficult and devious billionaire, played in a cameo by Chris Pine.  As the night goes on, their interaction leads to increasingly dangerous encounters.  Jessica Alba, Brooklyn DeckerEd Helms, and Ray Liotta also appear in the film.  The movie was supposed to have a wide release, but Universal concluded it would be unwise to spend $20 million to $40 million to distribute the movie, so they dropped it.

Yesterday, we spoke with producer Jason Blum for his new film, Oculus, and he also provided an update on the status of Stretch, and when we might finally see the film.  Hit the jump for more.

Universal Drops Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH; No Theatrical Release Scheduled at the Moment [Updated with Carnahan's Comments]

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Universal Pictures has nixed plans to release Joe Carnahan’s comedy-thriller Stretch on its scheduled March 21st release date.  Although it made our “Most Anticipated” list for the first quarter of 2014, no replacement date is currently set up.  It’s a bit of an odd move, especially for the normally successful production banner of Jason Blum, Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in turning low-budget pictures into big box office returns.  Universal allowed Blum to shop the picture to other distributors, but when a deal couldn’t be reached, the rights reverted back to the studio, which is now “exploring creative options” for release.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: We've updated the article with comments on the situation from Carnahan himself.]

Chris Pine Talks JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH and HORRIBLE BOSSES 2; Says Opening Scene of STRETCH “May End My Career”

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Opening this weekend in theaters and IMAX is director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, the original story follows Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.  Starring alongside Pine is Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley with Branagh as the film’s antagonist. 

A few days ago I got to talk to Chris Pine at the Los Angeles press day.  He talked about the film’s long development process, whether there was any dramatic shift in the story during that time, if he collects anything, and more.  In addition, Pine talked about making Horrible Bosses 2 and Joe Carnahan‘s action-comedy Stretch, saying the opening scene of the latter “may end my career.”  Hit the jump to watch.

Patrick Wilson Talks Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH; Says “It’s Like All Those Excessive 80s R-Rated Action Comedies”

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I’m a big fan of director Joe Carnahan.  I like the diversity of his filmography, and I’ve even had a blast with his panned pictures like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team.  They’re both action movies that have a lot of spark and lunacy to them, and his upcoming film Stretch seems to have the same kind of energy according to star Patrick Wilson.  For those unfamiliar with the film, Wilson stars as “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”  The film is low-budget, but the cast includes Chris Pine (who worked with Carnahan on Smokin’ Aces and was great), Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta, and David Hasselhoff.

Hit the jump for the kind of craziness we can expect from the movie.  Stretch opens March 21, 2014.

James Badge Dale Joins Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH; Josh Helman Set for Mysterious Role in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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After appearing in brief but memorable roles in a number of swell films as of late, including Iron Man 3, Flight, and World War Z, James Badge Dale has become the latest actor to sign on to The Grey director Joe Carnahan’s low-budget action-comedy Stretch.  The film stars Patrick Wilson as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.  Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, and Ed Helms are also poised to appear, and Carnahan broke the news of Dale’s casting on Twitter by saying, “James Badge Dale, my boy AND one of the best actors walking the planet, has joined the cast of STRETCH.”  The two previously worked together on Carnahan’s terrific existential survival drama The Grey.

Hit the jump for news concerning an up-and-comer taking on a mysterious role in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Chris Pine Joins Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH, Mandy Patinkin Set for Zach Braff’s WISH I WAS HERE, Wei Tang and Leehom Wang Board Michael Mann Thriller

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A few casting stories to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Chris Pine will be reuniting with his Smokin Aces director Joe Carnahan on the low-budget comedic thriller Stretch opposite Patrick Wilson.
  • Homeland star and Broadway veteran Mandy Patinkin has been set in the role of Zach Braff’s father in Braff’s partially Kickstarter-funded directorial effort Wish I Was Here.
  • Lust, Caution stars Wei Tang and Leehom Wang have boarded Michael Mann’s untitled cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.

Joe Carnahan in Talks to Direct Chuck Hogan Adaptation SUGAR BANDITS

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While director Joe Carnahan’s 2011 film The Grey received some much-deserved praise from critics and a solid box office take, he’s had a bit of trouble getting his follow-up feature off the ground.  Carnahan was developing a remake of Death Wish at Paramount for the better part of a year, only to leave the project over a difference of opinion with the studio regarding the film’s casting.  Carnahan also flirted with possibly taking on a hard-boiled 1970s iteration of Daredevil at Fox, but the ticking clock due to the character rights proved to be an immovable stumbling block, and Marvel has now regained control of the superhero character.

However, Carnahan has now added a new project to his development slate, as he is currently in negotiations to write and direct an adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel Devils in Exile for Universal called Sugar Bandits.  Hit the jump for more.

Joe Carnahan Doesn’t Have a DEATH WISH; Studio Wants Bruce Willis to Star

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Last summer, macho director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) talked about his vision for a remake of Death Wish, but it looks like that view didn’t jibe with the studio.  As of August, Carnahan was still in the process of scripting the reboot of the 1974 movie starring Charles Bronson that kick-started a five-film franchise.  Originally based on the Brian Garfield novel of the same name, Death Wish centers on Paul Kersey, a man who becomes a vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter is sexually assaulted by muggers.  The studio wanted Bruce Willis to step into the role while Carnahan had other ideas, thus leading to a split over creative differences.  Hit the jump for more.

Joe Carnahan in Talks to Write and Direct Adaptation of UNDYING LOVE Graphic Novel

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It sounds like Joe Carnahan (The Grey) will take on writing and directing duties for an adaptation of Undying Love, a graphic novel series created by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman. The story centers on John Sargent, an ex-soldier who falls in love with a Chinese woman, only to find out that she’s a vampire. The only way they can be together is if Sargent can defeat her incredibly powerful creator. We previously reported that Coker and Freedman were writing the script for Warner Bros., but Carnahan’s deal would have him writing up another draft as well as directing. Hit the jump for more on this story, including a quote from Carnahan himself.

Liam Neeson Talks TAKEN 2, SNL, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, NEMESIS and Joel Silver’s NON-STOP

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Opening this weekend is director Olivier Megaton‘s Taken 2.  In the sequel, Liam Neeson’s character unwisely takes his family on a European vacation, only to find himself and his wife (Famke Janssen) taken hostage by the family members of the henchmen that Neeson brutally murdered in the first film.  The film also stars Maggie Grace and Rade Serbedzija. For more on the film, here’s four clips and all our previous coverage.

Last week in New York City I got to sit down with Neeson for an exclusive interview.  We talked about whether he was hesitant to do a sequel, what it was like to film in Istanbul, whether the script changed during production, and more.  In addition, we also talked about what it was like to host Saturday Night Live, how he was unclear regarding the nature of his role in The Dark Knight Rises or if he’d even make the final cut, whether he’ll work again with Joe Carnahan and if he knows anything about Mark Millar‘s Nemesis.  He also talked playing an air marshal in director Jaume Collet-Serra‘s upcoming action film Non-Stop, which is being produced by Joel Silver.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joe Carnahan Shares Frank Grillo Screen Tests for GROUNDHOG DAY Actioner CONTINUE

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Director Joe Carnahan is a pretty cool guy.  The man behind Narc, The A-Team, and this year’s fantastic The Grey has become a fan of social media as of late, and he’s been using Twitter to share some seriously great material with his fans.  Not only does he give frequent (and candid) updates on the status of the various scripts and projects he’s working on, but earlier this year when it became clear that Fox wasn’t able to move ahead with his take on Daredevil due to time constraints, he posted his great “sizzle reel” pitch for all to see.  Though we’ll likely never see his full feature-film take on the superhero, it was a treat to see the tone and vibe he was going for with his take.

Carnahan is now sharing more “coulda been” goodies, as he’s posting the screen tests he did with actor Frank Grillo for his Groundhog Day-esque actioner Continue.  Hit the jump for more.

Joe Carnahan Talks DAREDEVIL Movie and DEATH WISH Remake

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Yesterday, we reported the sad news that Joe Carnahan‘s pitch for the reboot of Daredevil failed to gain any traction at Fox.  As if to make us even more disappointed, Carnahan took the sizzle reel he made to convince Fox execs and posted it online so we could get a better idea of how cool his take would have been.  We’re not seeing any period-piece superhero movies, and Daredevil would have fit in nicely with the 1970s.

As we’ve seen from his tweets and posting of the sizzle reel, Carnahan has no problem keeping people updated about what he’s working on.  With that in mind, he called in to The Radio Dan Show to talk about why he was interested in Daredevil, and why the project didn’t get off the ground (the rights will likely now revert to Marvel Studios).  He also talks about his upcoming remake of Death Wish, when it will take place, its similarity to the original, and more.  Hit the jump for what Carnahan had to say about these projects.

DAREDEVIL Rights May Revert Back to Marvel; Watch Director Joe Carnahan’s DAREDEVIL Sizzle Reels

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After reporting this morning that Joe Carnahan’s pitch to Fox for Daredevil “went up in smoke,” the director decided to share those sizzle reels with Twitter.  It’s clear that I’m not cut out to be a studio executive, because Carnahan’s hardcore, 70′s take on the Man without Fear seemed spot on to me.  Granted, sizzle reels aren’t composed of actual footage; they are spliced together pieces of film stock, bits of soundtrack, some concept art and, in this case, comic book panels that are meant to give the viewer a sense of tone and theme.  Carnahan’s Daredevil would have been closer to a Frank Miller film: tough, ballsy and fearless.  It’s a shame we’ll probably never see the vision on the big screen. Hit the jump to watch two versions of the Daredevil pitch.

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