Joe Carnahan has been tapped to write and direct Motorcade for DreamWorks, a project that the studio has had in the works for over a decade.
The thriller will center on a Secret Service agent who fails to stop a deadly and vicious attack on the President of the United States as he rides in a motorcade.
Hans Bauer and Craig Mitchell originally pitched the pic to DreamWorks back in 2004, and the studio picked it up for a modest sum. Over the years, writers Ehren Kruger, Billy Ray and Robert Rodat have all circled for rewrites, and Jon Cassar was at one point attached to direct, but somehow Motorcade has yet to be made. Carnahan, though, is expected to take it on as his next project.
The helmer last made comic thriller Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson, for Blumhouse, which eventually tabled its release and quietly sent it on to Netflix, iTunes and Amazon. That was in no way a fault of the film, which was absolutely fantastic, but more a failure on the advertising department’s part. He’s also directed episodes of NBC’s State of Affairs, which seems destined for an early grave after a disappointing bow last fall.
Carnahan is best known, however, for his gritty action thrillers, incuding Narc, Smokin’ Aces, The Grey and The A-Team, all of which comment on modern masculinity in one way or another. Early buzz indicates that Motorcade will continue that trend.