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Joe Carnahan drops out of Umbra, Martin Campbell and Paul Haggis come in

01.06.2012

Joe Carnahan (THE GREY, A-TEAM) has dropped out of the upcoming alien sci-fi flick UMBRA, according to Deadline. The director had been signed on to direct it since late 2010 with Bradley Cooper starring, picking it up from a Roger Donaldson/Nic Cage combo.

But the project already has a new director in Martin Campbell (GREEN LANTERN, CASINO ROYALE) with Paul Haggis (he of MILLION DOLLAR BABY and the singular worst Oscar-winning film of the last decade, CRASH) rewriting the script. In fact, just the description of the film, which now calls it a drama about "a business man who gets a mysterious package in the mail and gets caught up in a government conspiracy", sounds much different than the alien thriller it was billed as two years ago.

Shame... Carnahan's coming off some amazing buzz for THE GREY and it would have been interesting to see him try a new genre. But we'll see what happens soon, as UMBRA is scheduled to start shooting this Spring.

Source: Deadline

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11:01AM on 01/09/2012
I would say that Crash is a better movie than both The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire. So, no, it's not the "singular worst Oscar-winning film of the last decade".

That's not to say it was better than the films it was against. Brokeback Mountain and Goodnight And Goodluck are both better films. I haven't seen Capote or Munich, but Capote looks like it would be a better film and Munich maybe on par.
I would say that Crash is a better movie than both The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire. So, no, it's not the "singular worst Oscar-winning film of the last decade".

That's not to say it was better than the films it was against. Brokeback Mountain and Goodnight And Goodluck are both better films. I haven't seen Capote or Munich, but Capote looks like it would be a better film and Munich maybe on par.
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7:50PM on 01/08/2012
Yeah, Crash really wasn't very good was it?
Yeah, Crash really wasn't very good was it?
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10:16AM on 01/08/2012
crash, worse than hurt locker? i think not.
crash, worse than hurt locker? i think not.
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6:03AM on 01/07/2012
Martin Campbell is very capable no doubt so the project is in good hands.
As for Crash...yes, it was overrated indeed. Not hating, just my 2 cents.
Martin Campbell is very capable no doubt so the project is in good hands.
As for Crash...yes, it was overrated indeed. Not hating, just my 2 cents.
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11:29PM on 01/06/2012

Kudos, Alex

Glad I'm not the only one who hates Crash what self-indulgent crap diguised as an edgy indie film that panders to the lowest common denominator....It is one of the worst films to win Best Picture specially what it was up against that year.
Glad I'm not the only one who hates Crash what self-indulgent crap diguised as an edgy indie film that panders to the lowest common denominator....It is one of the worst films to win Best Picture specially what it was up against that year.
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8:31PM on 01/06/2012

He's right

Crash is a giant flaming turd that didn't deserve to get an Oscar, I'm with the post here, way overrated...
Crash is a giant flaming turd that didn't deserve to get an Oscar, I'm with the post here, way overrated...
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6:50PM on 01/06/2012

I cant say I am bummed

Carnahan always has 'amazing buzz' before his films come out. Narc was great, but Smoking Aces and The A-Team were both lacking. Awesome looking balls out action, but not much else.
Carnahan always has 'amazing buzz' before his films come out. Narc was great, but Smoking Aces and The A-Team were both lacking. Awesome looking balls out action, but not much else.
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6:48PM on 01/06/2012
"...the singular worst Oscar-winning film of the last century, CRASH" - Was that little bit of subjective baloney really necessary? It kind of made me not even focus on the story at hand. And apparently I'm not alone in that. Just a thought, not a suggestion...
"...the singular worst Oscar-winning film of the last century, CRASH" - Was that little bit of subjective baloney really necessary? It kind of made me not even focus on the story at hand. And apparently I'm not alone in that. Just a thought, not a suggestion...
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6:17PM on 01/06/2012

Crash is better than...

The Kings Speech, The Hurt Locker, Chicago, and A Beautiful Mind. Also, I would put it on par with No Country For Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire. I have never understood all the hate towards it.
The Kings Speech, The Hurt Locker, Chicago, and A Beautiful Mind. Also, I would put it on par with No Country For Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire. I have never understood all the hate towards it.
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8:47AM on 01/07/2012
I'll give you A Beautiful Mind. I never quite got what was so great about that movie either.

But tell me Crash was a more important, well-made film than Brokeback Mountain.
I'll give you A Beautiful Mind. I never quite got what was so great about that movie either.

But tell me Crash was a more important, well-made film than Brokeback Mountain.
12:43PM on 01/07/2012
To be honest I have never seen Brokeback Mountain. But, I was comparing it to other best picture winners, not the movies it beat out.
If The Social Network won over The Kings Speech, like it damn well should have, there would be one less best picture I would deem worse than Crash.
To be honest I have never seen Brokeback Mountain. But, I was comparing it to other best picture winners, not the movies it beat out.
If The Social Network won over The Kings Speech, like it damn well should have, there would be one less best picture I would deem worse than Crash.
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