I wouldn’t say it sucks to be Joe Carnahan these last few weeks, but it sure probably wasn’t easy being Joe Carnahan. First his Pablo Escobar project gets scooped by Oliver Stone and Antoine Fuqua’s version, then he loses his “White Jazz” leading man Chris Pine to J.J. Abrams’ Trek 11, and now he’s lost George Clooney as well. Over at his blog, Carnahan informs his readers that Clooney has exited the project, due to a variety of reasons, some having to do with Clooney’s PR commitments to “Michael Clayton”, which has been getting a lot of critical acclaim, and will most likely turn into a major Oscar contender come awards season.
From Carnahan’s blog:
Rough weekend. I had a bad feeling after they pushed ‘Leatherheads’ to April because of the extensive post on that film that something was going to have to give. Also, George is neck deep in the Coen bros. film at the moment and
trying to do ‘Michael Clayton’ press which will likely carry over into Awards season…SO…they wanted to see about pushing White Jazz back, which I really don’t want to do. I’ve been waiting awhile to make this one and I wasn’t content to sit on my hands.
Right now, (actually it began on friday) we’re in the process of trying to plug a guy into this movie that, if it works, would be pretty f*cking amazing. No, INCREDIBLY f*cking amazing, so we’ll see what happens.
No tears kids. This is the business. It happens all the time and you’ve got to have the balls and the ability to push past in spite of these setbacks.
Oh well. Since when was the last time George Clooney could open a movie that didn’t also star Brad Pitt? I don’t think it’s that big of a loss, Joe ol buddy.