Delusional 'A-Team' Director Calls Studio Head a 'Dumb C**t' After Being Replaced on 'Potentially Oscar Winning' Remake

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Delusional 'A-Team' Director Calls Studio Head a 'Dumb C**t' After Being Replaced on 'Potentially Oscar Winning' Remake

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 21, 2013 | Comments ()


Many of you may be familiar with the work of Joe Carnahan, the director who wrote and directed the A-Team remake, as well as directed The Grey (great film) and Smokin’ Aces (fun film). He also has a temper, and may well be insane, evidenced by an email he sent to the head of MGM after Carnahan was replaced on the Death Wish remake, for which he had written the script.

You had a potential Oscar-winning film with maybe the best script in Hollywood but because you’re a coward and a dumb c*nt 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 this business. Enjoy your run as a `studio head,’ Glickman. It’s going to be a short one.

F*ck you,

Joe Carnahan

If you’re curious about who else Carnahan is calling out here, the second-rate director is Miss Bala’s Gerardo Naranjo, and the lazy, arrogant action star is Bruce Willis, though Willis is not officially signed on (he’s being courted).

There’s a lot of things to unpack in this email, but I think suggesting that the Death Wish remake is a potential Oscar winning film is all we really need to know to dismiss the mad ravings of lunatic director.


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  • NoPantsMcLane

    I thought the Kevin Bacon movie Death Sentence was a remake. A pretty good one too.

  • Jim Slemaker

    I'm enjoying the Carnahan produced The Black List.

  • Aeonopolis

    Wow, he said "arrogant, lazy, aging action star" and I immediately thought, "I wonder if he's talking about Bruce Willis".

  • e jerry powell

    I always confuse all those Carnahans. Joe's brother is Matt Carnahan, but not the Matt Carnahan that's Helen Hunt's babydaddy and Courtney Cox's/Don Cheadle's enabler.

  • Brian Martin

    Narc and The Grey were the shit. Maybe homey is a c*nt, maybe not, but what I can say for sure is I'd be more apt to watch a Death Wish remake with Carnahan attatched as opposed to Naranjo.

  • Foop

    I love carnahan, and certainly at that level I think you should be able to direct the script you wrote, but...Miss Bala was fantastic. Please, direct your vitrol in another direction, preferably away from Naranjo

  • mairimba

    While unprofessional, it was also hilarious.

  • Classic

    I have to say I laughed. Definitely unprofessional but I love anyone taking the "p" out of Willis

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  • L.O.V.E.

    To be fair, he didn't specify what category the film could win an Oscar. He might have been referring to best craft services table.

  • I liked Narc and enjoyed the silliness of The A-Team, but Carnahan shouldn't act like this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Death Wish was always escapist fantasy of the worst kind (honestly, did everyone Charles Bronson know, meet or love get gang-raped and killed in those movies?). I don't know that we really need a remake today.

    That said, Carnahan ought to watch himself. Dropped from Death Wish while Killing Pablo languishes in developmental hell isn't a good look.

  • Aidan Harr

    This is a pretty unprofessional comment on his part, but he's 100% right.

  • He said "second time director" not "second rate". And he probably has a point if they sign Willis. The guy is a steamroller on sets and seems even grouchier than Harrison Ford lately.

  • Ford is a grump, but seems tuned in to the fact that we all know it. He plays along accordingly. His appearances on Conan or Letterman are always a wink to the audience in that regard.

    Willis used to be playful, but all of that seems to have been wiped from his DNA at this point.

  • There was a time when I thought Carnahan was going to be our Next Big Director. Narc was such a raw, tight, spectacular debut, and his BMW film, Ticker, stood out even when compared to the series' other excellent shorts.

    Then came Smokin Aces and I figured it was just a sophomore slump. The A-Team killed most of my remaining optimism, though; the rest was eaten by wolves. Carnahan clearly has talent. He just seems hell-bent on wasting it.

  • A B-level director like Carnahan has stones to address a studio head in that way. I wouldn't put it past him to have "leaked" it himself.

    He's wrong about a Death Wish remake being an Oscar contender. But he isn't wrong about Willis, considering that's the reputation he's cultivated for himself in the last 5 years or so.

  • BlackRabbit

    So you might say he's not bringing his...A-game?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Did someone order the veal?

  • Tip your waitresses.

  • L.O.V.E.

    But not too much, or they might fall over.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Sometimes, it doesn't seem so bad that Mr. Julien has not had the screenwriting success he hoped for.

  • Ian Fay

    Is Carnahan British? I know they tend to be a lot more loose with the big old C U Next Tuesday across the pond.

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  • SharePointJoe

    Nope. Good ole American.

  • DarthBrookes

    I was willing to bet this guy was Australian. He sounds like one of us.

    I actually think he's on the money. Knee-jerk reactions from Hollywood exec's like this are killing the industry... Well, along with everything else that's killing the industry... And it's an industry that has been "being killed" for many decades and isn't dead yet. But, yeah, these sorts of fantasy football ideas of making movies by slotting actors and directors and everybody else in and out of the team on paper results in shitty films.

  • Three_nineteen

    How do you know the exec's reaction was knee-jerk? Glickman could have fired Carnahan to avoid a lawsuit after he assaulted an intern for putting sugar in his coffee. Or maybe Carnahan rewrote the script to make it "Deathwish - The Musical!".

  • Ian Fay

    OK. Fuck that guy, then.

  • e jerry powell

    Better still, don't fuck him. Ever again.

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