Organising time with Joe Carnahan was harder than both of us had intended. Both parties were excited to talk, but time differences, bad mobile connections and Carnahan’s insane schedule caused some minor delays. Not only is Carnahan prepping to direct Bad Boys 3 (titled Bad Boys For Life), which sees Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to their roles, he’s also writing the script for the Uncharted movie adaptation while his script for the Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis is also in pre-production. He’s a busy man, but he likes it that way.
Although his excitement for Bad Boys For Life shines through, he’s very eager to talk about his script for Uncharted – the big screen adaptation of the popular video game franchise which has been in development for quite some time. “A couple of years ago there was talk about coming in [to write for Uncharted], so I kind of prepared some notes as there was a draft at that time,” he tells me. “So I prepared some notes on that draft, and then I discovered, much my chagrin, that there were other filmmakers involved – which never surprised me – but one of those writers was a good buddy of mine, and I didn’t want to be in competition with my friend. So I kind of stepped aside.” That draft would wind up in the hands of director Seth Gordon (King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters), but he wasn’t the first man to take the job.
Written for Flickering Myth. Read the full interview here.