Various sources are reporting that director no longer has a death wish and has dropped out of directing the movie by the same name. Get it? Because the movie is called Death Wish. See what I did there?
(I know, I know. I want to punch me, too.)
The sources report it was creative differences that forced Carnahan to leave the film, a remake of the 1974 classic. The studios (Paramount-MGM) apparently wanted in the role, while Carnahan wanted to go in a different direction.
Shortly after Deadline broke the story, Carnahan Tweeted
You stick to your guns. You walk what you talk and you only make the things and do the work you love and believe in.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) February 22, 2013
The director later clarified his statements, explaining it was nothing personal against Willis:
I'm a huge Bruce Willis fan. Zero issue with Bruce. I just wrote a very, very specific character for DW and wasn't willing to alter it.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) February 23, 2013
Don't feel too bad for Carnahan, though. Deadline also reported that Carnahan may already have a new project lined up, action thriller Narco Sub. After the resounding success of 2012's surprise hit The Grey, I have no doubt he will be a highly coveted director in the action genre.