Joe Carnahan is an American Screenwriter and Director. His first feature film was Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. The film was self-financed and debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998.
The popular cult film Smokin’ Aces followed his critically acclaimed cop drama Narc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and earned him a Best Director Independent Spirit Award nomination.
He returned to the director’s chair in 2012 with the critically acclaimed box-office success The Grey starring Liam Neeson. Prior to that he teamed with Neeson on the big-screen version of the beloved TV show The A-Team.
Carnahan also wrote and directed the innovative short Internet film The Hire: Ticker, produced by Ridley Scott and starring Clive Owen, Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, and F. Murray Abraham, for BMW in 2002.
Carnahan’s writing career includes screenplays for Pride and Glory, a police drama released by Warner Bros. starring Colin Farrell and Edward Norton, as well as adaptations of Mark Bowden’s Killing Pablo and James Ellroy’s White Jazz, both of which he is set to direct.
Carnahan recently directed the television pilots Those Who Kill for Fox 21 and Imagine television and The Blacklist for Sony Television. Both aired, respectively, on A&E and NBC.
He currently resides in Santa Monica, CA.