Joe Carnahan is a busy man- he has been working at finishing off the rather good looking A-Team film and the writer/ director is also out doing the publicity rounds for the straight-to-DVD sequel to Smokin’ Aces. The man doesn’t want to rest on his laurels, and he has a few films that he’d like to shoot after he wraps the big screen adaptation of the classic 80’s TV series. The film that appears to be set to go first is The Grey.
Carnahan spoke to Cinematical about his future projects, and with regards to The Grey he said:
“There’s a film that I wrote that I want to do called The Grey, which is about a group of pipeline workers in Alaska flying back into civilization after being remote for a number of months. The 737 they’re on goes down, and they begin to be hunted by a pack of rogue wolves. It’s very much a man vs. nature adventure, existentialist kind of drama that I want to do. We’re very, very close to it now.”
Carnahan, however, is quite a realist and he’s aware that getting a film together in Hollywood is easier said than done. In fact, Carnahan probably knows this more than most as over the last few years he’s had a James Ellroy adaptation named White Jazz (that was set to star George Clooney) and a remake of Bunny Lake is Missing with Reese Witherspoon fall apart at the last minute. The director has also been trying to get a film about Pablo Escobar named Killing Pablo off the ground as well.
Carnahan said that if The Grey doesn’t make it in front of cameras then maybe one of those other stalled projects will:
“If not, Killing Pablo‘s always going to be up there for me and White Jazz – I’m still bound and determined to make that movie.”
The director is aware that in the current economic climate it might be difficult to get relatively noncommercial films like White Jazz made:
“I think there’s a lot to be pessimistic about in the business right now because movies like that aren’t getting green lit. I think if we can do it for a number, and that number is gonna be…about $12, then we can make that movie. I think it’s a tremendous script, and I think there’s always a place for that kind of movie. Certainly there’s still got to be a place for the L.A. Confidential sequel, I can’t imagine that we’ve forgotten that completely.”
On the up side, it would seem that the Narc director is pretty happy that Bunny Lake fell apart:
“You know what? Bunny Lake was a kind of time and place. It was one of those things that, in the end, I’m glad didn’t move forward because in hindsight I think it would have probably been a mistake.”
At least Carnahan is keeping active – if you haven’t seen the above mentioned Narc it’s worth checking out, and The A-Team should put enough bums on seats to pretty much guarantee that Carnahan gets to direct whatever he wants (budget permitting).
Only time will tell, but we’ll keep you posted on all Joe Carnahan’s upcoming projects here at Screen Rant.