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Joe Carnahan Is Ready To Express His UNDYING LOVE!!

The Kidd here...

I've been wondering what Joe Carnahan might be tackling next after the idea to have him redirect the DAREDEVIL franchise fell through at the last minute (there just wasn't enough time to make a deal work between Fox and Marvel before the rights reverted back). His take on DEATH WISH has been sitting on the table since he turned in his draft of the script as has CONTINUE, but it may wind up being neither just yet now that THE GREY director has finalized a deal with Warner Bros. to adapt Image Comics' UNDYING LOVE. 

At one point, Alexandre Aja had been set to take the gig, but it appears UNDYING LOVE has now fallen to Carnahan for him to both write and direct it for the big screen, per Deadline. This is certainly something different for Carnahan with the graphic novel revolving around an ex-soldier who falls in love with a beautiful Chinese woman... the problem with that is this woman is actually a vampire, and, in order to be with her, he must actually destroy the vampire who created her, who just so happens to be one of the most powerful vampires in vampire history, firmly entrenched in the criminal underworld of Hong Kong. 

Yeah, that's quite a number of elements being brought together for one story, but after THE GREY, Carnahan's got my money for whatever he makes next. I was psyched to hear his grittier take on DAREDEVIL that would have been unlike anything any Marvel characters have been involved with thus far. I've been extremely curious to hear whatever I can about DEATH WISH. The guy's only delivered one movie to me that left me disappointed - SMOKIN' ACES - so here's to him putting forth another truly quality effort. 


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  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    DIE love DIE!!!

    by txubill

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I just cant hate Carnahan. he's such a fanboy.

    by Stephen

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by Stifler's Mom

    NO MORE VAMPIRES. NO MORE ZOMBIES. NO MORE ALIENS. NO MORE SUPERHERO ORIGINS. Get your fucking heads out of your asses and take a fucking risk on a genre that has not yet been overcooked to fucking ashes. Thank you.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Carnahan just gets better and better....

    by Darth Macchio

    Smokin Aces was just wonderful madness along with a solid dose of corny. A-Team was so much better than I expected or it really should have been given the source material. Non-stop fun and hi rewatch-ability factors sells it for me without effort. And The Grey confirmed it. I'm psyched for anything Carnahan does at this point. At first, from the article title, I'll admit to thinking this was something pedestrian like 'Endless Love' but then I thought, well, it's Carnahan directing so it simply won't be a boring and contrived love story even if that is the context...

  • I want big fucking Monster!!! Pacific Rim & Godzilla where are you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Would love to see an A-Team sequel ...

    by Judge Briggs

    Sigh ... Finally saw The Grey ...tough movie to watch!

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    @darth macchio

    by KGB3317

    what about Narc?!? That movie is still my favorite of his.

  • Have it start out as some quirky comedy. Romace, the loser guy meets the girl of his dreams. He tries to whoo her even though she keeps her guard up. Finally it happens and they hook up at the end of the second act. The next morning after a night of wild sex he finds that he's been drugged and is all groggy. He makes his way across her condo and finds a secret panic room. Inside lies the secret to all the horrors unimaginable. The whole time she's videotaping him. But not found footage material. Wait a minute, goddammit this is the plot to Audition. I just gave Hollywood an idea to remake another one of Asian cinemas hidden gems. Oh well, it seems that Carnahan is addicted to remakes anyhow.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, don't forget Narc ...

    by Judge Briggs

    Amazing flick that happened to be overshadowed by Training Day that year. Narc is, however, better.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Non-rhetorical question: How did you get this job exactly?

    by dahveed1972

  • It's really going to come down to execution, though...

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I had no idea he directed Aces . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and now I like him just a little less. Never saw A-Team.

  • So I'm curious to see what he does, but why another vampire romance angle? Why?

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I have enjoyed all his films

    by twogunjames

    Even the super low budget stuff he started out with is worth watching. I really liked his take on A-team. I so wish they could have made a few more of those. The Grey was fantastic. Narc was pretty great. Seems like the guy has a rough time getting projects off the ground, but obviously he's a tenacious mother fucker.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Daredevil Rights?

    by Jesse Kroh

    So Marvel owns the rights again? I thought there was some wheeling and dealing done to let Fox keep them.

  • I mean, it started great, there were things that I liked throughout. But it was the worse f'n ending in almost all of cinematic history. (like anyone could possibly know that Napolean) I haven't been this angry at a movie that he made since he allowed Alicia Keys and black dude from T.Salvation to not only live, but literally walk out of a building that they had just been shooting the shit out of. Narc was good though. A little overhyped. Theres a reason why Training Day overshadowed it that year.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Narc was NOT overhyped ...

    by Judge Briggs

    I don't know how you could say that? Do you mean, overrated? It was NOT overhyped. In fact, it was underhyped, if anything. Much like Sunshine ... underhyped, but amazing film that should have been more hyped.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Thought he tweeted that Nemesis was his next project?

    by paul burnett

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    This site really pimped hard for The Grey

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I enjoyed it, and actually didn't mind the ending, but man, it's not even one of the best films of 2012 in my opinion.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Smokin' Aces was tedious but The A-Team was great fun!

    by Ray_Tango

    Go fuck yourself.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Oh, Daredevil

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    God damn but that was one movie I really, really wanted to see redone and done well. Sigh. Such a fucking shame. Loved Narc and The Grey, hope his next work is as good. I buy shit from Hong Kong off ebay all the time. Great way to get stuff straight from the factory and not get gouged by the middle man. So cool to get these crazy packages with characters scrawled all over them and like five different customs stamps. Sometimes they include adorable little notes in Engrish. I really hope I get one that says PLEASE LEAVE POSTITIVE FEEBACK!!! WE DO TOO!!! PS PACKED BY VAMPIRE.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    @judge briggs: Your right, the mainstream zeitgeist ignored it.

    by kindofabigdeal

    I just remember a lot of critics saying it was the best thing since Spam in a can. But I thought is was only good, not great. In fact I think most of his films are only good. All in all I stand corrected.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Terrible script - good luck, Joe.

    by John Brennick

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Where is the promised re-release of THE GREY?

    by Ditch Brodie

    "Open Road has said flat out and sort of scrawled it in blood that they’re going to release the film in October 2012 for a qualifying run, which is great." -- Joe Carnahan

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Make her North Korean and we're a go.

    by Pat

    Kim Jong Un is the sexiest vampire alive and must be destroyed.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't we give back to AICN as much of THE GREY...

    by Ditch Brodie they gave us?

  • An operative in a fictional rogue country finds a dark secret about the dictator running it. He is discovered and killed but not before he is able to upload a video survellance showing proof of the undead. Further more he uncovers a plot to turn all the citizens of that country into the undead. Its the perfect cover for a vampire government. They spread propaganda about US bombing their country with drones when the death toll is really the vampires eating the poorest of their country. But they have a secret super soldier program. Where the best and brightest are turned to creatures of the night. Now it's up to a rag tag group of misfits to go in stop this menace. The marine, a no nonsense skeptic who thinks their only human. The female specialist who has published work trying to prove the existence of the undead. The quirky comic relief movie director famous for his 'authentic' portrayal of vampires in movies and expert on how to kill them. Add in a martial arts expert, explosives expert, hacker, and a priest and you got yourself a best seller.

  • Nov. 28, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    kgb33...thanks! i haven't seen 'Narc' yet!

    by Darth Macchio

    Will definitely have to check it out. I know The Grey has its detractors but that movie worked on so many levels for me that I just kinda love it. I don't think the AICN crowd hates it for lack of genuine wolf punching but yet I don't get the derision unless they just never got pulled in by the story.

  • I keep trying to hype it up to other people. Seems destined to be a little cult film sadly. I enjoyed the Hell out of it. The sequel/or prequel? well...that was terrible. I like Carnahan's gritty, chaotic vibe. So disappointed he didn't do MI:3. Having said that...i don't know how you fuck up The A-Team...but he did. Dropped the ball big motherfucking time on that gig.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    The Original Comic Is Great...

    by SonOfChiba

    So hope they can do it justice if this gets made. and yeah, what has happened to Carnahan's NEMESIS? No news? He seems a good fit for both.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Was it just me but The Grey kind of let me down

    by Wcwlkr

    I mean I was really enjoying it, but let's be honest the ending seriously pissed me off. I tried to not let that overule what overall was a pretty exciting movie, but it just really pissed me off so it felt like a letdown. But I pretty much have really liked most of Carnahan's work. I enjoyed Narc, really like Smoking Aces, and yes dammit I did like The A-Team, and wish we could've had further adventures.

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    narc his only real movie

    by Hugh Gustavus

    smoking aces was like a bad b movie straight to dvd style, a team was terrible, and the grey while promising disappointed. if he only he would go back to character based drama, but alas studios dont make much of em

  • Nov. 29, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Does fucking everything...

    by DougMcKenzie

    Have to have vampires nowadays?

  • ....I can only say I understand the need for execs to latch on to the teet and fight for Twilight's scraps but know this: I, and what I theorize are the vast majority of this site's 30-something fanbase, will not go see this. We recognize copycat derivative shit when we see it and will emotionally divest ourselves from anything having to do with trendy plot-of-the-month characters. And also note that basing your script on a comic book no one has ever heard of does not automatically buy you street cred.