From the first frame of Jason Patric’s frantic, frenetic, bleach-bypassed perp chase in Narc, I had a gut feeling that Joe Carnahan would be a director to watch. While it wasn’t quite the sum of its parts, I still enjoyed the high-rolling hell out of Smokin’ Aces and, while I opted out of seeing the A-Team, I’m eager to see how he leverages his bolstered cache to give us some really mean intensity for The Grey.
Deadline’s reported that Carnahan has the green light, now, and he’ll be stomping on this flick's accelerator next week. It's about “oil-rig roughnecks left stranded by a plane crash right in the hunting zone of a pack of rogue wolves on the frozen Alaskan tundra" and the guy sounds positively giddy about putting himself and the cast through Vancouver's frigid -30 temperatures for the shoot. Said cast is headlined by Liam Neeson (back from the A-Team) with the likes of Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale and Dermot Mulroney.
Carnahan's intentionally tightened the budget by about four or five notches to get more creative control (the first time he’s really had it since Narc) and I'd say that means we're going to see the man back to form, here, in this hellish, manly mirror of Snow Dogs.