Joe Carnahan finally gets the green light for THE GREY, starring Liam Neeson

Tim Sweeney

by: Tim Sweeney
January 5th, 2011

Liam Neeson has been one of the saddest stories in Hollywood over the last two years. His wife, actress Natasha Richardson, died in a skiing accident in March of 2009. It was announced a few days ago that Neeson was the most prolific actor of 2010 with seven movie roles under his belt. It is tough not to put two and two together and reason that Neeson turned to his craft to take his mind off of the tragedy that had taken place, lest he be left with so much idle time to dwell on his loss.

Neeson does not appear to be ready to slow down any time soon. It has now been announced that THE GREY, starring Neeson, under the direction of Joe Carnahan, has been green-lit. Carnahan directed Neeson in the A-TEAM, a film that Carnahan claims underachieved at the box office because the marketing team did a poor job.

Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie, and Joe Anderson also have roles in the film. They will play oil-rig roughnecks stranded by a plane crash in the hunting zone of a pack of rogue wolves on the frozen Alaskan tundra. It sounds like ALIVE meets FROZEN.

Carnahan viewed the prospects of filming in the cold terrain with a small budget as positives: “In a way, it’s great, because it beats the shit out of the cast and that suits the storyline…I haven’t had a situation like this since NARC, where there’s no distributor, but you get to make the movie you want to, staying as light on your feet as you can.”

Between the wolves in this film and the people stuck in shark-infested waters in the upcoming film, BAIT, audiences look like they will get their fill of humans versus nature next year. Here’s hoping that Carnahan can tone down the over-the-top glitz of SMOKIN’ ACES and THE A-TEAM and deliver a true bare bones thriller.

Sources Deadline, via The Film Stage 

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