Joe Carnahan

Joe Carnahan is a reliable fellow. Movies like Narc, The Grey and even his underrated A-Team remake have cast him as a dependable and interesting action filmmaker, and that’s why he’s probably so busy these days. He’s directing the upcoming third Bad Boys movie Bad Boys for Life, he’s writing the script for the video game movie Uncharted, and recently he was revealed to be working on a remake of The Raid: Redemption with Frank Grillo. But now he’s going to squeeze in one more project on top of all that, and it’s a long-awaited and very anticipated X-Men spin-off. (more…)


If there’s a video game franchise that epitomizes the so-called “curse” in adapting these games to movies, it’s Uncharted. The globe-trotting adventures of Nathan Drake are ideally constructed to make for an easy transfer from consoles to cinemas as Hollywood has a long tradition of movie heroes chasing MacGuffins from one location to the next. But seven years after Uncharted was first optioned by Sony Pictures, it’s been stuck in development hell as a rotating door of creators and actors have passed through and back out again. So what are they going to do now? Bring in another new creator of course, this time in the person of Joe Carnahan. (more…)


There has been a bunch of debate regarding the aesthetic similarities of comic book movies occurring online lately. Just the other day, Matt Zoller Seitz wrote a rather lengthy piece dissecting his problems with superhero films, decrying their lack of individuality while highlighting how most feel simply like marketing for the next movie in the franchise instead of self-contained, meaningful narratives (for the best example of the latter, see The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Even I spilled a ton of words dissecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe, coming to the conclusion that the assembly-line production model and lack of auteurist mindset prevent even the best movies in the sub-genre from establishing unique identities.

Unfortunately, one of the auteurs who was left behind by a studio after proposing a bold vision be applied to an established property was Joe Carnahan (The Grey), whose Death Wish-style take on the Daredevil series sounded truly magnificent. And his most recent comments regarding his scrapped proposal for the character are enough to make any true cinephile cry, as it sounds like one of the coolest comic book trilogies ever envisioned.



Mark Millar, the brains behind Kick-Ass among other things, is moving ahead with yet another project adapted from his works.  The new one, Nemesis, has been given the treatment by Joe and Matthew Carnahan and the latter half of that duo will also be acting as director as far as things currently stand.  Now, the hype for the adaptation begins as Millar took to the Internetz and began making claims that this movie will be the biggest flick of the entire decade.  Check below to see exactly what Millar had to say after the jump:


The Twilight series is over and done with, awaiting only the fading of the latest film from theater marquees.  This is a great moment for many, but some out there simply can’t make it through a year without knowing they have some vampiric love stories to help them along.  Luckily for them, Warner Bros. and director Joe Carnahan are setting up to bring an adaptation of Undying Love to the big screen.

Undying Love is an Image Comics miniseries created by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman.  It follows the story of an ex-military guy that falls in love with a beautiful lady who (surprise!) just happens to be a vampire.  Furthermore, he has to then go kill the vamp that made her who (double surprise!) just happens to be one of the most powerful vampires ever.

Well, it’s not the deep and meaningful story that Twilight was, but it just might work.

There’s no release date on this one yet, so vampire romance junkies will have to wait a bit before getting another fix.  In the meantime, you always have your Twilight Blu-rays and fan-fiction to tide you over.


Thanks to /film for the warning.

It was with some anticipation, and admittedly a bit of disappointment, when it was announced earlier this summer that the rights to Daredevil and all associated characters were reverting to Marvel Studios, and away from 20th Century Fox.

Fox’s lease on the rights officially expired on Wednesday October 10, which means that Marvel Studios and Disney can start rolling on their own Daredevil production anytime now. As you’ll recall, Fox attempted to extend the lease on the rights by offering Disney the rights on certain cosmic characters like Galactus, who are usually associated with Fantastic Four, but no agreement was reached.

At the same time, director Joe Carnahan, who was in the midst of putting together a gritty, 70s adaptation of the comic, released a sizzle reel giving an impression of what his Daredevil film might have looked like. No word yet if Marvel’s going to give Carnahan a chance to pitch his take to them, but I’d have a hard time believing that Disney isn’t chomping at the bit to insert Daredevil into the previously established Marvel Cinematic U.

Fox, in the meantime, seems to be doubling-down on the two Marvel properties it has left: X-Men and Fantastic Four, which, I guess, were the most promising given the reaction to the Ben Affleck-starring Daredevil in 2003 and the universally reviled spin-off Elektra in 2005. They recently hired critically-acclaimed comic writer Mark Millar to be a creative consultant on all Fox-made Marvel films.

Look for the rumor mill to start grinding about a new Daredevil movie very soon.

Source: Blastr

Last week, word broke that FOX would not be going forward with their Daredevil reboot. Basically, the studio couldn’t get their shit together on time and, thus, will be letting the movie rights revert back to Marvel/Disney. While most comics fans are thrilled with FOX’s distance from the property (they typically make bad comic book movies), others are a little bummed. Myself include. Primarily because of director Joe Carnahan. He had visioned an edgy, Serpico-styled superhero flick based in the 1970’s. To me, that sounded completely bad-ass. It would have been really interesting to see Marvel character go dark.

The news, however, isn’t so bad for Carnahan. The Smokin’ Aces director has shifted from superhero to supervillain.

Kick-Ass comic creator Mark Millar has revealed on his forum that Carnahan is set to bring his supervillain comic Nemesis to life on the big screen. Here’s what Millar said…

Mighty Joe Carnahan is directing (from a script by he and his brother Matthew), but this much you already know. Fox wanted us to get in the same room for the first time and really hash this out, which was exciting. Joe has a really brilliant take on this and Matt and he are going to take things from here so I’m really happy. Absolutely no casting has been done formally although you can google the MTV interview from last January where he and Sir Liam Neeson are chatting about it. More news as it happens.

Villains are the characters that fascinate us the most. So, it’s pretty genius to have a comic-book that is solely from the bad guys perspective. This is probably why Millar‘s Nemesis tickles nerd fancy. For those unfamiliar with the series, it focuses on sort of a negative Batman -all the money and toys, but none of the morality- who is the worlds only super villain.

As fascinating as the premise is, I wonder if it would appeal to mass audiences. The comic features attacks on the Pentagon, bombs on the President of the United States and the innumerable deaths of heroic characters like police officers. It’d be the envy of terrorists everywhere.

By now you’ve most likely heard that the rights to Daredevil have been given back to Marvel Comics (Disney) by FOX because they could not complete a movie in the time remaining on the contract. FOX executives even passed up a trade deal offered by Marvel  in which FOX  could keep the rights in exchange for returning the rights to Galactus and the Silver Surfer.

FOX  had brought in director Joe Carnahan to try a last ditch effort to get a Daredevil movie into theaters before the contract ran out. It looks like Joe really tried to get the movie off the ground, but just didn’t have enough time to put it all together in a professional manner and therefore the rights reverted back to Marvel.

Carnahan discussed the situation during a radio interview with The Radio Dan Show.

“I was brought in pretty late in the game, and my take probably didn’t help matters since they had an existing script.  But I just thought that if you were going to do it, this was the way to go.  This is the way that intrigued me… It was initially something I passed on because Christopher Nolan had done such a lovely job with Batman and unless you’re going to go after that trilogy, then that’s how you have to think.  You can’t out-hurdle that, then what’s the point of trying?  So it set the bar extraordinarily high, and I thought ‘Well, if we’re going to do this, let’s have a discussion about Hell’s Kitchen, and how it was really Hell’s Kitchen in the 70s,” so that got me really excited.  But as I mentioned, the clock ticking and this kind of October drop-dead date, it wasn’t tenable.  And having gone down this road in the past when you’re trying to write something and shoot it at the same time is disastrous, and I think you’d need an adequate amount of time to put that script together in the right way.  My brother [Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom)] was interested in writing it with me, so we’ll see.”

Carnahan is totally on track about the disaster that would occur from shooting while still trying to complete the script and dialogue. The 70’s idea though, that sounds like a movie this NerdBastard would love to see.

My fellow NerdBastard Adam Donaldson doesn’t agree though and makes some pretty good points about keeping Daredevil in the present. I’m of the opinion that not every Marvel movie or Marvel character needs to be able to jump into another characters movie world. There are great stories to be told that don’t have to include multiple heroes or story lines. Don’t get me wrong, The Avengers is fantastic and I like the interconnections between the Thor, Captain America and IronMan films, but I don’t want those connections to prevent a great story from being done.

Who knows, maybe Disney will give a 70’s Daredevil movie a chance . . . most likely not, it’s a pretty dark story.

While trying to get things rolling Carnahan put together a couple of “Sizzle Reels” to show the studio what the movie might look and feel like. The videos contain footage from a variety of sources, movies and comic art, you’ll most likely recognize a lot of it. What it does do is set the tone for the project.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Would a 70’s style Daredevil work in Hollywood?

It was big news yesterday when it was all but confirmed that the film rights to Daredevil were going back to Marvel/Disney after 20th Century Fox was unable to get a movie into development in time. Now obviously, Marvel isn’t going to let such prime material stay dormant for long, and with a big, wide cinematic universe shaping up, they need someone street-level, and streetwise, to make the everyday criminals run and hide. A Man Without Fear, perhaps?

Let’s start with the obvious. Say goodbye to the 70s vibe. (See the “sizzle steak,” I mean “sizzle reel” below.) Although the flavor Joe Carnahan is offering smells very good, Marvel’s not going to set the Daredevil movie 40 years prior to where the rest of their characters are. So although it would be awesome to see Daredevil fight The Baseball Furries (or wherever that was going), I doubt that’s now going to happen. (more…)

Recently, there was good news to get Daredevil fans excited as director Joe Carnahan (Narc) was said to be working on a street-wise, 70s cop movie version of The Man Without Fear. This was a good thing for fans, but it was better news for 20th Century Fox who are set to lose the rights to the character on October 10th, when they’ll revert back to Marvel (and ergo, Disney).

But now there’s this:

The “We shall see,” seems to indicate that Carnahan isn’t completely done with the project yet, but then again, I’m not sure how his vision for it can be rejected and he goes right back to the drawing board to come up with another vision on the fly.

Essentially, Carnahan (or someone else) has to get Daredevil in front of a camera by October 10th. A film has to be in production by then. (Remember, that’s how we got that first, awful Fantastic Four film from the 90s.) It was, however, recently reported that Disney and Fox were trying to work on an agreement wherein Fox would keep the Daredevil rights in exchange for other characters – like Galactus and the Silver Surfer – that Fox still holds the rights for, but that seemed to be quickly shouted down.

And if Carnahan is officially done with Daredevil now I see no way Fox can get something into production in less than two months, which means Daredevil, his friends and rogues gallery will be rejoining the main Marvel Film U later this year. And if that happens, how long will it be before Disney gets jewel shined up and on display?

More news as it develops.

Source: Bleeding Cool