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Liam Neeson travels to Alaska with Joe Carnahan's THE GREY!

Nordling here.
I thought THE A TEAM was pretty decent, but it didn't feel like Joe Carnahan's other films to me, which all have a pretty sharp edge to them.  Even SMOKIN' ACES has a pretty dark sense of humor about it, and not enough good things can be said about NARC.
Well, Carnahan's going the indie route again with his next feature, THE GREY, and he's managed to snag Liam Neeson to star, along with Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Frank Grillo (Warrior), Nonso Alozie, and Joe Anderson.   The plot concerns oil rig roughnecks who are stranded in the Alaskan tundra after a plane crash and who have to try to survive in the freezing cold while a pack of wolves chases them.  It sounds like Carnahan's got that edge back, and I can't wait to see it.
To hear Carnahan describe the shooting conditions, it sounds pretty terrifying.  According to Deadline, who broke the story, Carnahan said in interview, “It gets to be 30 below, and when we went out the other day, I took off my hat to see how long I could last, and my skin was burning with frostbite in a little over a minute.In a way, it’s great, because it beats the shit out of the cast and that suits the storyline.”
I've always wanted to see the Alaskan tundra, so hey, is this the next best thing?  We'll see when this is released sometime next year.
Nordling, out.
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  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by wadi77

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Odd that wolves are the enemy

    by AlienFanatic

    When wolves have never attacked men in recorded history. Would have been much more plausible to pit them against a Grizzly and the elements themselves. I hate it when screenwriters don't bother to do any research and create villains out of thin air and paranoia.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Well, ALMOST never...

    by AlienFanatic

    Yes, someone will fact check me via Wikipedia and turn up the two or three dozen attacks in the last two hundred years, many (if not most) of which were from rabid wolves. /sigh

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    I'm Not Saying This Movie Will Be Bad, But...

    by Crow3711

    It's one of the stupider plot descriptions Ive heard in awhile. Im sure it'll be intense and violent and it's got good actors, so I don't want to knock it too hard. If it really is true, about "rogue man eating wolves", fine. Great. But that doesn't change me laughing at the deception if a pack of rogue wolves who hunt man within a 300 mile radius. That sounds like something an 8th grader made up for a book report on White Fang. Best of luck to them. Love me some Neeson and Badge Dale, so I hope it turns out better. Just sounds ridiculous.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by mattmovies

    Rob Huebel mentioned that he got turned down for this on the latest CDR podcast. Frankly, they're asking a lot for me to buy this behavior from non-rabid wolves, so maybe he's better off.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    "European jizz"

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I really liked ATEAM/Smoking Aces but this movie sounds like eh... maybe its because I thought this would involve aliens? either way, this guy should have an action movie out every year! just dont ever cast Common again...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I have been on the Alaska tundra.

    by SnootyBoots

    Not in winter, though. In August it feels like walking on a dried sponge.

  • Is 30 below really that cold to you guys? That shit never ceases to amaze me.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Fuggin Hollywood B**SHIT!!!

    by animatronicmojo

    I guess Joe missed this one: "NEVER CRY WOLF" (Dir. Carroll Ballard, 1983). "In Northern Canada, a young government biologist named Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is assigned to travel to the isolated Arctic wilderness to study the area's savage population of wolves. His orders are to gather proof of the wolves' ongoing destruction of caribou herds. Contact with his quarry comes quickly, as he discovers not a den of marauding killers, but a courageous family of skillful providers and devoted protectors of their young. As Tyler learns more and more about the wolf world, he comes to fear, along with them, the onslaught of hunters (Brian Dennehy) out to kill the wolves for their pelts and exploit the wilderness."

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Is there gonna be an A-Team 2?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I would kill to see that, since I thought A-team was one of the best films from this past summer

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    A-Team Was More Than Decent Nordling...

    by Bruda5000

    There aren't enough fun guy movies like that anymore. A Team was my pleasant surprise movie of lat year and one of my most eagerly purchased Blu Rays. Ive watched it three times since it was released.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    When I lived in WI it was sometimes 40 below...

    by CountryBoy

    Everyone still did everything, went to work, went out with friends, went to the mall... I didn't even have a pair of gloves. I'm not the toughtest guy in the world, either. Two different times my tire ruptured from the cold, but that was about it. Man up, Joe!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Even if there is strong wind, a minute is ridiculous

    by BadMrWonka

    it would take maybe 10 minutes minimum to get frostbite at -30, with a huge wind chill. 30 below is cold as shit, but as long as your bundled up, the difference between 10 below and 30 below doesn't amount to much.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I'm on an Alaskan oil rig right now.

    by thewyrm

    We fly chartered jets up here. And that is just the hundreds of people who work for BP and Conoco. Everyone else flies up on Alaska Airlines. No roughnecks fly their own small aircraft to Prudhoe Bay. Ever.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Unless they are flying field to field?

    by thewyrm

    Then they would be on a dozen or so passenger CASA or Otter. Even then, I have no idea where they would crash that wolves would be a problem. Depending on the time of year the crash and hypothermia would kill them LONG before they would have to worry about predators.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by vettebro

    Sounds exactly like the movie "Frozen" with some small changes. Someone should sue. "Frozen" was good by the way. Check it out.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by IceTitan

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Just to be clear Nordling...

    by catlettuce4

    You're not suggesting the A-Team SHOULD have had an edge to it, are you? It was actually one of the only TV-to-film movies that was, at it's core, a faithful translation, while still updating the premise. It was great as is!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    I hear that.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Liam will use his very particular set of skills...

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you." I love you, "Taken."

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Hey Nordling...

    by DrunkyMcLush

    Think he'll go the Hitchcockian route with this flick in terms of the psychology of the men deteriorating and them turning on each other? Sort of like a really badass, edgy version of Lifeboat?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    One wolf requires an organ transplant or blood transfusion.

    by fustfick

    I think Carnahan's movies are pretty terrific and extremely underrated. That said, this sounds kinda lame. I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping his Pablo Escobar flick or Ellroy adaptation get reanimated.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I'm probably speaking too soon...

    by Kavalier

    But I'm glad The A-Team is getting some love. I thought I must be missing something when I saw it. All the reviews were kinda hard on it and I had so much fun while watching it. I was probably smiling through the whole thing. A sequel would be awesome.. But like I said, I'm probably speaking to soon... I'm sure in a day or two, this talkback will be littered with A-Team hate!

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    They made this movie, with a bear & Sir Anthony Hopkins

    by Wookie_Weed

    Is there any originality left in hollywood?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Wolf attacks are rare

    by Bass Ackwards

    Contrary to popular belief, shark attacks are actually rare too. Someone still managed to make a decent flick out of that though. Not sure what Carnahan is capable of these days, just saying, there are worse crimes for a film to commit than not being wholly realistic.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    I miss the Joe Carnahan of NARC

    by AsimovLives

    The Joe Carnahan of NARC proved with that movie to be an exceptional filmmaker. I'd like to see more NARC-like movies from Carnahan. That's where his real talent lies.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Because you quoted from CONAN THE BARBARIAN i consider you a friend. I'm friend with anybody who has the love for that magnificient movie.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I like wolves, but....

    by dogu4

    ..there are a few myths about them that should be addressed. Yes, they are not man-eating monsters, and historically they have fled from humans, but historically men have attached them where-ever and when-ever they encountered them. It is only now, in the modern era that we no longer attack wolves at first sight, and now we are seeing cases where wolves are no longer afraid of humans and I know people who have had the definite sensation that the wolves were scoping them as they cross country skiied while un-armed in wilderness, and of course we now have a number of reports of wolves threatening and taking humans. Yes, it's rare, and the movie that is being filmed is fiction, but the idea that wolves have never attached humans is as mythical as the idea that wolves always attack humans. As for the adaptation of Farley Mowatt's "Never Cry Wolf", which is a terrific film with a lot of truth in it, the facts are that wolves do eat caribou and other prey animals including little rodents. Nature; red in tooth and claw. The life expectency of a wild wolf in Alaska is only 3 years with mortality mostly caused by other wolves.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    The rabbit is smarter than the panther!

    by Spandau Belly

    If this is half as good as THE EDGE, that will be good enough for me. I haven't seen this NARC movie, so I'm pretty indifferent to Carnahan. SMOKIN ACES was an okay Guy Ritchie type thing and I think I would've liked the A-TEAM more if the action hadn't been all shakeycam.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    'Ello, Mistuh Gay

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Oooooby ooooooby OOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    alienfanatic : Yeah, do some research.

    by Playkins

    ....But not about Wolves. You just described the movie "The Edge". Planecrash, survuve the elements, grizzly bear.<P> I like the wolf angle, should be interesting. There are all kinds of analogies that could be made. It's a smarter concept than it sounds at first.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    About time. After being born and raised in North Dakota, I cant watch fake winter scenes without it wrecking the film for me...unless its an old Black and White (the Thing). As for the cold, I am in the ocean 3 x week in the Pacific NW in 45 degree water, not to mention the wind chill in the boat comming back. As a kid in ND, me and my neighborhood freinds made the cover of the Minot Daily News when we were photographed towing our sleds up 'Big Hill' (now the High School) in 60 below weather. That, my freinds, is C.O.L.D.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST



    Sounds either remarkable or not so much. It's a Grey area. Forgive me gods of pun.