Joe Carnahan to Write & Direct 'Five Against a Bullet' at Sony Pictures

June 25, 2014
Source: Collider

Joe Carnahan

While his action thriller Stretch is still waiting for a new release date after being pulled from the calendar this year, director Joe Carnahan is already setting up his next project. The Wrap has learned that The A-Team and The Grey director is set to write and direct Five Against a Bullet, an action thriller described as calling back to "classic macho movies" like The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven. The film will follow five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. Sounds like it could have been The A-Team sequel.

Collider was the first to report on the project after speaking with Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The producer said, "It is a tale of a group of men who have become cynical, sort of lost their sense of hope about life and the world, who are rekindled and betrayed and rekindled and betrayed in this story, and it's got some of the coolest action and some of the greatest characters, and it's a really fantastic action movie that I think will really grab people." He also says that it's a project he's been sweet on for awhile, and the studio is excited to get a cast together to make it happen.

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


Definitely could have been an A-TEAM sequel. Carnahan is good at what he does.

DAVIDPD on Jun 25, 2014


To me he's never really made a movie that lived up to his potential. The Grey was incredible but still lacked a certain something. The pace was a little off.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 25, 2014


The Grey is one of my favourites. I think the pace and the overall tone threw a lot of people off. I thought Narc was really good as well.

NathanDewey on Jun 25, 2014


Nice. What happened to his Death Wish remake with Frank Grillo?

NathanDewey on Jun 25, 2014


Narc, the Grey where very enjoyable! So I am always curious what's he's directing!

Avi on Jun 26, 2014

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