Joseph Aaron Carnahan (born May 9, 1969) is an American 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 wrote and directed several episodes for the NBC television series The Blacklist. He is the brother of screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan and producer Leah Carnahan.
Carnahan at the A-Team film premiere
Joseph Aaron Carnahan
May 9, 1969
Michigan, United States
|Alma mater||Sacramento State University|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, producer|
|Relatives||Matthew Michael Carnahan (brother)|
Carnahan was raised in Michigan and Northern California. Carnahan graduated from Fairfield High School in 1987 where he also played football. He attended college at San Francisco State University but later transferred to California State University, Sacramento, and earned his B.A. in Filmography there. Carnahan eventually 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.
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 2010, Brian Bloom and Carnahan were then hired by Fox for the revamping of their long-gestating A-Team project, based on the hit '80's television series. He also showed interest in directing film adaptations for Garth Ennis' graphic novel Preacher and David Michelinie's Taskmaster.
Carnahan was one of the executive producers for NBC's The Blacklist, starring James Spader and Megan Boone, during its first season. He directed the pilot, and went on to co-write and direct the ninth episode, "Anslo Garrick". Carnahan also wrote the story for episode 16, "Mako Tanida".
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.
|1998||Taco Heaven||Yes||Short film|
|Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also editor and actor;|
Role: Sid French
|2000||Nail in My Coffin||Editor;|
|Ticker||Yes||Yes||Segment from the BMW short film series The Hire|
|2003||Boyz Up Unauthorized||Executive||Short film|
|2008||Pride and Glory||Yes|
|The Fourth Kind||Yes|
|2010||Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball||Executive||Yes|
|The A-Team||Yes||Yes||Yes||Role: Mike 'The Operator';|
credited as: Bo Anzo
|2011||The Devil's Dosh||Executive||Short film|
|2020||Bad Boys for Life||Yes|
|2013||Dino and Dash||Executive||Television film|
|2014||Those Who Kill||Yes|
|State of Affairs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also series creator|
|James Badge Dale|
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- a "CSU Sacramento, B.A. Film Studies (1994)."
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- a "...(who started right here at Good Day Sacramento,)." — ¶ 1.
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- Carnahan, Joe (December 29, 2012). "Joe Carnahan Teases His Adaptation Of Mark Millar's NEMESIS". Twitter. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- Fleming Jr., Mike (October 4, 2013). "Mark Millar Raving Over Carnahan Clan Adaptation Of 'Nemesis'". Deadline. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- Chitwood, Adam (April 11, 2012). "Director Joe Carnahan Talks Mark Millar's NEMESIS and KILLING PABLO". Collider. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
- Chitwood, Adam (February 15, 2017). "Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo Are Tackling 'The Raid' Remake". Collider.
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