Before JJ Abrams was selected to write and direct Mission: Impossible III, the job was in the hands of Joe Carnahan. The director of such films as Smokin’ Aces spent around 15 months working on the film until he had a falling out with Paramount and Tom Cruise. When Abrams came on board he threw out the Carnahan script and started from scratch. Now Carnahan claims his version would have "kicked the s**t out" of the Abrams version. Carnahan touts how his M:I:III would have had a gun toting Carrie-Anne Moss, a sexy Scarlett Johansson, and Kenneth Branagh playing the villain (none of whom were ever officially signed on to do the film). Although Abrams’ film did fall short of hopes, it still grossed $400 Million before DVD sales and was regarded by most critics to be the best of the franchise.
End of the road for Six Degrees
Abrams also got a bit of bad (but expected) news on the TV front. ABC have finally pulled the plug on Six Degrees. The show was brought back after a long hiatus and retooling, but still ended up last in the timeslot and has been removed from the roster. Abrams’ Lost has already been picked up and What About Brian is still still ‘on the bubble.’ With all his other projects, it never appeared that JJ had much involvement beyond his Executive Producer credit on Six Degrees.
More on Carnahan at Hollywood.com
More on Six Degrees at Variety