Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces Prequel Greenlit!
by Alex Billington
November 4, 2008
We all know the rule - anytime a movie makes at least double its budget, it usually gets a sequel sometime within a few years of its release. Would anyone have thought Smokin' Aces was one of them, though?! Filmmaker Joe Carnahan announced quietly on his blog last week that the prequel to Smokin' Aces was greenlit and pre-production was underway. The first film had a relatively small budget of around $17 million but ended up with a domestic box office total of $35.8 million, just barely making double its budget. Carnahan also gave fans a quick tease on his blog, adding: "Cameos will abound. Trust me."
Oddly, this blog entry is a follow-up to a similar one Carnahan posted back in July last year, where he said that Universal had given him the greenlight to start scripting the prequel. A year later and it seems they've just now finally allowed him to start shooting. Initially Carnahan mentioned that this would be a direct-to-DVD prequel, but he doesn't confirm whether or not that is still the case. Additionally, he's mentioned that it would focus on the Tremor Brothers and Brian Bloom's character, Agent Baker. Despite I really hated Smokin' Aces, I'm interested in seeing where Carnahan will take us in this prequel.