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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.

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.

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