Joe Carnahan: Teasing Juggernaut or Teasing Vinnie Jones?
by Alex Billington
November 27, 2007
I highly doubt Marvel would make an X-Men spin-off with Juggernaut, but if you think about it, that could be kind of cool. Now I bet you're wondering where the heck that came from. Well, Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan wrote a blog update today with "I'll let you guys go nuts on this one…" and an image of Juggernaut (the one seen above next to a laughing Joe), and that's it. Quite a tease, but through some decisive thinking, Peter at SlashFilm has narrowed it down to the possibility that he's teasing Vinnie Jones, who played Juggernaut in X-Men 3, instead of an actual Juggernaut movie.
If you remember, Carnahan was that crazy filmmaker who posted complete scripts to his upcoming movies and told readers to tell him what he should direct next. The rumblings in Hollywood are that he's actually gearing up to start production on White Jazz, the 1950's set LA crime thriller that recently lost two of its big stars (George Clooney and Chris Pine). Since the possiblity of a Juggernaut movie is a bit "off the map," it would make a bit more sense that Carnahan could be teasing that Vinnie Jones has been cast in White Jazz instead.
However, for the hell of it, we're going to still kick around the idea of a Juggernaut movie. Now if you start at X-Men 3, that might be the problem, because with the script and the way Brett Ratner presented him, Juggernaut was really just a cheesy added-on side character with a few funny lines. From X-Men 3 alone, he couldn't hold his own movie, but if you consider actually putting someone who is a big comic book fan on it, maybe they'd actually be able to make a good movie. SlashFilm had an interview with Carnahan a while back, and he mentioned numerous comic book references and spoke about comics like he was a true fan, which I'm certain he is.
Just think about the character of Juggernaut and what kind of havoc-wreaking badass action movie could be made about him. It wouldn't be anything really good, but it would be entertaining. He's kind of a more pissy and more metalized version of the Hulk, in a very abstract way, and given how idolized that character is in Marvel (and that they're working on the second Hulk movie right now), I could see a Juggernaut movie being made. What do you think? Would a Juggernaut spin-off be so bad?