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Joe Carnahan's profanity laced email to MGM President regarding the Death Wish remake is priceless

11.20.2013

Oh, Joe Carnahan, what are we going to do with you? The notoriously outspoken filmmaker has long been a fan favorite thanks to his films NARC, THE A-TEAM, SMOKIN' ACES, and THE GREY which all elevate action movies above the rest of the crop. Well, except for THE A-TEAM. But Carnahan's involvement with a gritty potential DAREDEVIL movie and the remake of DEATH WISH had movie fans excited to see what he would deliver next. Unfortunately, both projects are now in the hands of other studios or other directors.

In the case of DEATH WISH, Carnahan was actually attached to make the film but after the studio pushed for Bruce Willis to star, Carnahan was removed and replaced by Gerardo Naranja, a first time English language director. Joe Carnahan felt the rage grow and penned a pretty vitriolic email to MGM President Jonathan Glickman. An excerpt from the email was posted on The Hollywood Reporter.

"You had a potential Oscar-winning film with maybe the best script in Hollywood but because you're a coward and a dumb c--- you now have an untested, second-time director and an arrogant, lazy, aging action star that will run that poor kid into the ground."

"Good luck, asshole. You're a spineless, gutless turd who doesn't belong in the business. Enjoy your run as a 'studio head,' Glickman. It's going to be a short one. F--- you, Joe Carnahan."

Since the release of the letter Carnahan's reps have sad that he and Glickman are friends and the letter is in fact framed in the studio head's office. Whether that is true or not, revealing the content of this message is not going to help Carnahan make friends in Hollywood, especially with Bruce Willis.

Carnahan is currently filming STRETCH with Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba. He does have a TV project in the works at MGM called DOGS OF WAR, but no features. DEATH WISH currently has no set release date.

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11:31PM on 11/22/2013
Hey, if you're gonna rip on an actor, it might as well be an expensive one who's box office draw is waning. Oh what's that? He'll never work with me again because of what I said? Good - that's 20% of the movie's budget back in our hands!
Hey, if you're gonna rip on an actor, it might as well be an expensive one who's box office draw is waning. Oh what's that? He'll never work with me again because of what I said? Good - that's 20% of the movie's budget back in our hands!
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3:41PM on 11/21/2013

Good on him

Is anything he actually stated incorrect? Even the Bruce Willis thing jibs with reports from some of his recent movies, and then there's his attitude with media of late too.
I wonder who JC wanted as lead?
Is anything he actually stated incorrect? Even the Bruce Willis thing jibs with reports from some of his recent movies, and then there's his attitude with media of late too.
I wonder who JC wanted as lead?
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11:57AM on 11/21/2013
Honestly this just makes me respect him even more. He's honest, which is something you simply do not get much of in Hollywood. This letter proves that he is unwilling to give in to studio demands, that he has the proper amount of balls to not give in to studio pressure. If I ever wrote an action movie script he would be one of the first people I would want to direct it because at least under him there would some integrity and my movie would not fall victim to some studio pawn.
Honestly this just makes me respect him even more. He's honest, which is something you simply do not get much of in Hollywood. This letter proves that he is unwilling to give in to studio demands, that he has the proper amount of balls to not give in to studio pressure. If I ever wrote an action movie script he would be one of the first people I would want to direct it because at least under him there would some integrity and my movie would not fall victim to some studio pawn.
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10:58AM on 11/21/2013
so unprofessional and a career ruiner if Glickman's aligned with the right people, but I fucking love it.
so unprofessional and a career ruiner if Glickman's aligned with the right people, but I fucking love it.
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7:56AM on 11/21/2013
"and an arrogant, lazy, aging action star that will run that poor kid into the ground."
Applause. Hes only saying what we've been thinking for years
"and an arrogant, lazy, aging action star that will run that poor kid into the ground."
Applause. Hes only saying what we've been thinking for years
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10:28AM on 11/21/2013
Was about to say the same thing myself
Was about to say the same thing myself
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6:56AM on 11/21/2013
I gotta say, he has some good points.
I gotta say, he has some good points.
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12:37AM on 11/21/2013
Carnahan can get away with saying this. And he's right. Not that Death Wish really needs to be remade. I feel like this is going to be like the remake of The Mechanic, which was completely unremarkable. And he's kind of right about Bruce Willis. He is pretty full of himself these days and has gotten very lazy. Is he really attached to Death Wish? What a terrible decision. I am very curious about this script though.
Carnahan can get away with saying this. And he's right. Not that Death Wish really needs to be remade. I feel like this is going to be like the remake of The Mechanic, which was completely unremarkable. And he's kind of right about Bruce Willis. He is pretty full of himself these days and has gotten very lazy. Is he really attached to Death Wish? What a terrible decision. I am very curious about this script though.
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12:03AM on 11/21/2013

Fu*kin' Sweet

Carnahan is the tits!
Carnahan is the tits!
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11:20PM on 11/20/2013

Smokin Aces is one of my all time favorites

I know some people have different opinions, but I have to say it was one of those movies I was satisfied to see. It was different, original, over the top and in many scenes very nail biting. And that ending!! Seriously, that last scene was pretty damn epic, ever people who knock the movie has to agree..

Anyway, I feel like MGM messed up with their decision. We shall see but I highly doubt it would be nothing more than a popcorn c+ action flick. Time will tell.
I know some people have different opinions, but I have to say it was one of those movies I was satisfied to see. It was different, original, over the top and in many scenes very nail biting. And that ending!! Seriously, that last scene was pretty damn epic, ever people who knock the movie has to agree..

Anyway, I feel like MGM messed up with their decision. We shall see but I highly doubt it would be nothing more than a popcorn c+ action flick. Time will tell.
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8:52PM on 11/20/2013
"An arrogant, lazy, aging action star that will run that poor kid into the ground" should be on Bruce Willis' business card.
"An arrogant, lazy, aging action star that will run that poor kid into the ground" should be on Bruce Willis' business card.
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11:04AM on 11/21/2013
You always brighten up my day Jedd, thank you
You always brighten up my day Jedd, thank you
5:42AM on 11/22/2013
You're welcome and thanks in return; that's very nice of you to say.
You're welcome and thanks in return; that's very nice of you to say.
7:25PM on 11/20/2013

I got mad respect for Joe Carnahan...

Hit or miss the mans got cojones, yarbles, bollocks and balls. While I can't really say I'm bummed we're not getting a Death Wish remake (Who can replace Charles Bronson... really?), I commend the guys style, and while I'm not a fanboy for most of the guys work at least he stands for something and sticks to it. I've seen him on several film documentaries and round tables discussions and he always has some of the best advice for filmmakers I've ever heard. Like him or loath him, but he's honest.
Hit or miss the mans got cojones, yarbles, bollocks and balls. While I can't really say I'm bummed we're not getting a Death Wish remake (Who can replace Charles Bronson... really?), I commend the guys style, and while I'm not a fanboy for most of the guys work at least he stands for something and sticks to it. I've seen him on several film documentaries and round tables discussions and he always has some of the best advice for filmmakers I've ever heard. Like him or loath him, but he's honest. Plus, I really dig someone capable of eloquently stringing a line of expletives together to convey a point.
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7:01PM on 11/20/2013
this guys like the director of boondock saints, and the ratings the same, AVERAGE with a twist a unique style here and there, I wouldn't recommend one of those movies to someone, their are much better ones in the same respective genres
this guys like the director of boondock saints, and the ratings the same, AVERAGE with a twist a unique style here and there, I wouldn't recommend one of those movies to someone, their are much better ones in the same respective genres
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6:58PM on 11/20/2013
Now Carnahan is making his own Death Wish. Look out, studio execs!
Now Carnahan is making his own Death Wish. Look out, studio execs!
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6:51PM on 11/20/2013
Smokin Aces and The A-Team elevate above the crop? The A-Team especially, is everything wrong with modern action films.
Smokin Aces and The A-Team elevate above the crop? The A-Team especially, is everything wrong with modern action films.
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6:45PM on 11/20/2013

What?

A-Team was great, you need to check yo-self sucka!
A-Team was great, you need to check yo-self sucka!
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7:58AM on 11/21/2013
Hell of a lot more fun than the last 2 Die Hards
Hell of a lot more fun than the last 2 Die Hards
1:32PM on 11/21/2013
The A-Team was great up until the CGI shitfest at the end.
The A-Team was great up until the CGI shitfest at the end.
11:35PM on 11/22/2013
Agreed. It had its entertaining moments, but the third act felt utterly desperate to turn it into a tentpole action movie which ultimately comes off has alienating. If they had toned down the action though, I think it would've been a really stand out film
Agreed. It had its entertaining moments, but the third act felt utterly desperate to turn it into a tentpole action movie which ultimately comes off has alienating. If they had toned down the action though, I think it would've been a really stand out film
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6:32PM on 11/20/2013
You sound a little pretentious there Joe. "Potential Oscar winning film"? "Best script in Hollywood"? Really Joe? Really? -_- Just a tad. And Jesus Christ. Poor Bruce. Ouch! And there already was a remake to Death Wish, it was called Death Sentence and it was FUCKIN' AWESOME!
You sound a little pretentious there Joe. "Potential Oscar winning film"? "Best script in Hollywood"? Really Joe? Really? -_- Just a tad. And Jesus Christ. Poor Bruce. Ouch! And there already was a remake to Death Wish, it was called Death Sentence and it was FUCKIN' AWESOME!
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6:30PM on 11/20/2013
I wish more hollywood peeps would be this open.
I wish more hollywood peeps would be this open.
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6:09PM on 11/20/2013

Yes!

It's about time someone in holly called out Willis.
It's about time someone in holly called out Willis.
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6:59PM on 11/20/2013
umm, kevin smith? look it up "kevin smith bruce willis" on youtube, he talks how shitty he is for about 30 minutes
umm, kevin smith? look it up "kevin smith bruce willis" on youtube, he talks how shitty he is for about 30 minutes
10:00PM on 11/20/2013
Sly, as well.
Sly, as well.
12:02PM on 11/21/2013
Also Stallone called him out pretty badly for wanting 4 millions for 3 days work on Expendables 3.
Also Stallone called him out pretty badly for wanting 4 millions for 3 days work on Expendables 3.
1:12PM on 11/21/2013
@JimmyFive, Kevin Smith did it before it was cool to hate on Willis, so he got screwed on that one
@JimmyFive, Kevin Smith did it before it was cool to hate on Willis, so he got screwed on that one
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6:04PM on 11/20/2013

Good for you Mr. Carnahan

More directors should be like this man. Enough of the paid lackies who kiss every executive's ass.
More directors should be like this man. Enough of the paid lackies who kiss every executive's ass.
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5:37PM on 11/20/2013
I like you Joe and even though your right about Bruce Willis, he does sometime show up (Looper and Moonrise Kingdom for example). But Oscar-winning? Really?
I like you Joe and even though your right about Bruce Willis, he does sometime show up (Looper and Moonrise Kingdom for example). But Oscar-winning? Really?
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11:38PM on 11/22/2013
Probably referring to the "best screenplay" title, or maybe one of the supporting actor wins. Nominations for those tend to cast a wider net genre-wise than the big ones. Still pretty overconfident though
Probably referring to the "best screenplay" title, or maybe one of the supporting actor wins. Nominations for those tend to cast a wider net genre-wise than the big ones. Still pretty overconfident though
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