Joseph Aaron "Joe" Carnahan (born May 9, 1969) is an independent film director, screenwriter, producer and actor best known for his films Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, Narc, Smokin' Aces, The A-Team, and The Grey. He also writes and directed some episodes for the NBC-TV series The Blacklist. He is the brother of screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan and producer Leah Carnahan.
Born and raised in Michigan and Northern California, Joe attended college at San Francisco State University,Template:Citation needed but later transferred to Sacramento State and earned his B.A. in filmography. Carnahan became employed in the promotional department of Sacramento's KMAX-TV, producing short films and television spots.
In 1998 he won some cult and critical acclaim for his film Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane which premiered in September 1997 at the New York Independent Feature Film Market and later at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
He directed the 2002 Detroit-set thriller Narc, starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric. Following Narc, he directed an entry in the BMW Films titled Ticker starring Clive Owen and Don Cheadle. At one point he was solicited to direct Mission: Impossible III, produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner (who also executive produced Narc), however he subsequently left the production due to conflicting views on the tone of the film. It was also announced in October 2005 Carnahan would be directing a film based on the life of convicted drug dealer Will Wright, but the project seems to be abandoned.
His next film, Smokin' Aces, was produced in 2006 and released in January 2007. He also co-wrote the screenplay of Pride and Glory, released in 2008 nearly a year behind schedule.
He was attached to direct an adaptation of James Ellroy's novel White Jazz with George Clooney producing and starring, but Clooney later pulled out from the production and in 2009, Ellroy stated that all adaptations of the film were dead.
In 2007, Carnahan penned Remarkable Fellows for Universal with Jason Bateman set to star, but the film never went into production.
In 2010, Brian Bloom and Carnahan were then hired by Fox for the revamping of their long-gestating A-Team project, based on the hit 1983-87 NBC-TV series. He also showed interest in directing film adaptations for Garth Ennis' graphic novel Preacher and David Michelinie's Taskmaster.
He is currently writing the script for the film adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book series Nemesis with his brother Matthew and will be directing. He is also set to direct Mark Bowden's book Killing Pablo.
- New York Times
- James Ellroy, by Stephen Conley, for The Cult, September 21, 2009, originally accessd September 21, 2009.
- Universal buys ‘Remarkable’ pitch, by Michael Fleming for Variety magazine, May 16, 2007, originally accessd May 16, 2007.
- [http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/06/07/a-team-director-wants-taskmaster-and-preacher-movies/ 'A-Team' Director Wants 'Taskmaster' And 'Preacher' Movies. By Blair Marnell for MTV.co, June 6, 2010 article, accessed June 6, 2010.[
- Joe Carnahan Talks 'A-Team' DVD And Sequel, Says 'The Grey' Will Be 'Jaws-Like', MTV.com article, December 17, 2010.
- Joe Carnahan Teases His Adaptation Of Mark Millar's NEMESIS, Twitter, December 29, 2012, accessed December 29, 2012.
- Mark Millar Raving Over Carnahan Clan Adaptation Of ‘Nemesis', by Mark Fleming, Jr. for Deadline.com, October 4, 2013, originally accessed October 4, 2013.
- Director Joe Carnahan Talks Mark Millar’s NEMESIS and KILLING PABLO, by Adam Chitwood for Collider.com, April 11, 2012 article, accessed April 11, 2012.