Joe Carnahan Wanted to Direct The Avengers, Has His Sights on Taskmaster & Preacher
06.08.10 by BJSprecher
Director Joe Carnahan's The A-Team movie opens up this week, but he's already itching to direct another adaptation. In recent conversations with MTV and SHH, Carnahan discussed some of the comic book characters that he would like to bring to life on screen and said that he actually had been in talks with Marvel Studios about directing The Avengers before Joss Whedon was brought on board.
You always wind up in conversations, and there was an Avengers conversation, but not really a thorough one. I was sent the material [and] I loved it. I think the Avengers movie you make is Hulk tearing up Manhattan and the Avengers have got to go in there and shut him down. I think it's very cool. I think that you're going to have to very quickly get to this situation where you start to make your heroes into villains. I think that somebody like the Hulk, it's such a great place to take him.
Carnahan did not say how or why the conversations with Marvel broke down, but speculated that his idea of turning the Hulk into a villain — in the comic books, the Hulk has always been the "misunderstood monster," but never really a "villain" — might have been considered a "franchise killer." Carnahan was gracious about not landing the gig, acknowledging that Whedon would do a great job directing The Avengers.
Listen — you've got Joss Whedon and he's talented as hell. Think he's going to do a fantastic job with that.
In a recent interview with SuperHeroHype, Carnahan revealed that two of Marvel's villains interested him for possible movie adaptations.
For Alex [Young, producer of The A-Team] I was going to do Taskmaster. Originally I wanted to do Juggernaut 'cause I had a really good take on that, and then Taskmaster was something we talked about, and I haven't discussed it with him for ages, but I would love to get back in. I love the idea of a guy with photographic reflexes, he can see something and repeat it, I thought that was such a cool idea.... I think it might be one of those Marvel characters you really need to reimagine because he's got the whole skull and cape — it's a bit grandiose I think — but it would certainly be a cool thing.
It was very much in the realm of the Punisher. It's kind of funny because it's almost what they were going to do with Deadpool, that same sort of smart-ass thing, before they went the way of — and I know that there are fans that hated Fox for doing that whole thing with Deadpool and Reynolds in Wolverine — but you have to create that differentiation. I think at least Taskmaster, he's so below the radar. He's even below where Blade was considered a B-tier Marvel character, this guy is even lesser-known. It would be a lot of fun to write it as a series and then see what came from there.
Carnahan is so interested in directing a comic book adaptation that he went so far as to tell SHH that he is "kind of desperate" to direct one. In addition to the Marvel characters that he is interested in, Carnahan said that he would also like to take a shot at adapting DC Comics' Preacher, which for a time was going to be adapted by director Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road).
And the other thing I'm really keen on or interested in is Preacher because I'm a big Garth Ennis fan and I love that series and that's out there, and that might be something ... I really love that. You gotta do the Allfather (D'Aronique) and all that crazy sh*t and I haven't seen a script and I don't know what it is, but yeah, we'll see. Who knows?