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Joe Carnahan Says 'The Grey' Will Head Back To Theaters For An Oscar Qualifying Run In October

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • January 25, 2012 10:00 AM
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Writer/director Joe Carnahan has no regrets. The twists and turns many up-and-coming directors face during their first brush with a big budget studio project could leave anyone bitter and jaded. Instead, Carnahan took his ill-fated experiences on “Mission: Impossible III” (which was ultimately directed by J.J. Abrams) and began looking to the future. After proving he could blow stuff up with the best of ‘em on 2010’s “The A-Team,” Carnahan finished an adaptation of the short story “Ghost Walker” by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers and began casting.

Joe Carnahan Wants Liam Neeson To Play Blake Morrow In 'Nemesis'; Old 'Dark Knight Rises' Rumor Gains New Heat

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2012 1:45 PM
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To call Oscar winner Liam Neeson's recent surge of genre material something new would be to forget that many years ago, he starred in Sam Raimi's "Darkman" as the titular hero, and also suited up for George Lucas' "Star Wars" prequel trilogy. The only thing that has changed is, aside from the no brainer success of Lucas' franchise (which is not dependent on stars, but on lightsabres), Neeson's forays into pulp fare (remember "The Haunting"?) have only been a recent thing, with "Taken" blowing the doors off. This weekend, Neeson's growl will come face-to-face with those of some very mean wolves in Joe Carnahan's "The Grey," and if things go the way the director wants, it won't be the last time he hooks up with his "The A-Team" star.

Review: 'The Grey' Pits Stock Characters Against Cartoon Wolves

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 17, 2012 10:08 PM
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It wasn’t long ago that Liam Neeson was considered a prestigious name in film. Though his early career was peppered with genre roles, “Schindler’s List” put him on the map as an awards-friendly leading man. But in the past few years, Neeson has reinvented himself once again, into the hardest of men, a proud warrior who will throw down with any on-comer. You no longer need exposition in a Liam Neeson movie, only his weathered, battered face.

Joe Carnahan Says New Project 'Continue' Is Like A 'Groundhog Day' Action Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 10, 2012 11:15 AM
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After "The A-Team" failed to connect with critics and audiences, Joe Carnahan very literally went out in the wild. And now, he's back with a completely different cinematic animal in "The Grey," his gritty thriller led by Liam Neeson about a group of Alaskan pipeline workers forced to square off against the bitter cold of winter and a pack of wolves when their plane crashes. The director is talking to press in advance of his film, eager to discuss what's next on his plate -- he told us his developing "Killing Pablo" is headed into casting -- and he reveals he's got another movie bubbling in the background. An action flick with an interesting twist.

Exclusive: Joe Carnahan Says Long-Gestating ‘Killing Pablo’ Likely Next, Hopes ‘White Jazz' Will Follow

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • January 9, 2012 6:38 PM
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It seems as though we’ve been waiting forever (a decade to be exact) for Joe Carnahan to deliver on the promise set forth with 2002’s “Narc.” It’s not that the two films he’s directed since (“Smokin’ Aces,” “The A-Team”) were necessarily bad, but rather that Carnahan seemed to demonstrate with “Narc” that he was capable of much, much more. Of course, the director also spent a fair amount of time developing “Mission: Impossible III,” which was later flipped to J.J. Abrams. It was an unpleasant learning experience Carnahan openly tells Playlist he quit before he could be fired. Although he says learned a lot from the ordeal and has no regrets, though it has possibly compelled the director to play things a little safer since.

Joe Carnahan Says The 'The Grey' Is Almost Locked, Warns "Haters Prepare. Your Hopes Will Be Dashed"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 1:40 AM
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There's no doubt that we've been pretty hard on Joe Carnahan. The helmer burst onto the scene with the gritty cop drama "Narc" but squandered that goodwill with the outlandish "Smokin' Aces" and the bloated "The A-Team." However, Carnahan's next effort "The Grey" definitely looks like a step back in the right direction and if you might have some doubts, Carnahan is ready to prove you wrong.

First Look At Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey' Starring Liam Neeson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2011 4:59 AM
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Courtesy of the latest issue of EW (not yet online), we now have our first look at Joe Carnahan's "The Grey" an intriguing project that re-teams the director with his "The A-Team" star Liam Neeson in what we hope will be a return to form for the helmer.

James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney & More Join Liam Neeson In Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2011 7:00 AM
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40-Day Shoot Begins Next WeekWill this be the film that gets director Joe Carnahan back in our good books after "The A-Team" and the overrated "Smokin' Aces"? Let's hope so.

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