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Carnahan’s CONTINUE, DEATH WISH Forthcoming
What did you think of The Grey?
Me, I liked it a fair bit, even if the wolf stuff was really kind of nonsense. Liam Neeson brought the grizzled angst, though, that cannot be denied. Aside from providing some real survivalist thrills, the best thing to come out of the success of The Grey has to be the increase in writer/director Joe Carnahan’s Hollywood stroke.
Carnahan burst onto the scene writing and directing the universally-loved Narc (2002) starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric, a low-key, downbeat crime thriller that’s well worth your time if you’ve never seen it, worth it for Patric’s sweet handlebar moustache alone (it’s really more of a Fu Manchu–ed.). Smokin’ Aces followed, a film that, despite some great performances all round, ultimately proved more style than substance. 2010’s The A-Team was up next, a film that I still haven’t seen and didn’t exactly set the world on fire, before last year’s The Grey turned Carnahan’s fortunes around.
There was, I recall, talk of an adaptation of James Ellroy’s White Jazz with George Clooney attached, a project which seems to have all but disappeared, as well as Killing Pablo, the adaptation of Mark Bowden’s insane true-crime epic biography of Pablo Escobar. According to IMDb, Killing Pablo is in pre-production, so hopefully that shows up sooner rather than later.
As Twitch Film tells us, Carnahan is on tap to write and direct a Death Wish reboot, which I’m personally rather ambivalent about, but there’s also news that a project titled Continue is on the way as well.
Described by the director as something like Groundhog Day goes action, Continue sees “a former soldier forced to re-live the same day over and over while on the run from assassins trying to kill him for reasons unknown.”
Hopefully the project is more Run Lola Run than the awful Source Code, but it’s good news that Carnahan might get to finally showcase the amazing potential witnessed in his debut effort.
Good for you, sir. Bring your projects on.