Joe Carnahan has signed on to write and direct Motorcade, the long-in-the-works action thriller set up at DreamWorks.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are executive producing.
The story centers on a Secret Service agent who fails to prevent an attack that occurs on the president of the United States and his motorcade.
DreamWorks picked up the project as a pitch from Hans Bauer and Craig Mitchell back in 2004 for low- to mid-six figures. The project always has attracted a level of interest and drew writers Ehren Kruger, Billy Ray and Robert Rodat to it for rewrites. Jon Cassar was attached to direct it at one point.
Carnahan is known for his gritty thrillers such as Narc, Smokin’ Aces and The Grey, the latter a surprise 2011 hit starring Liam Neeson. He also helmed the big-screen version of The A-Team.
The most recent movie he directed was Stretch, a Blumhouse thriller whose theatrical release was tabled. It eventually was released on iTunes and Amazon.
Carnahan is repped by CAA.