Carnahan Surprised At Smokin' Aces Sequel Request.... Filmmaker Joe Carnahan is amazed his box-office flop Smokin' Aces became so successful as a rental Dvd movie bosses now want to shoot a prequel.Crime drama Smokin' Aces slipped in and out of cinemas almost unnoticed upon its release last year (06) - despite a cast including Ben Affleck and Andy Garcia - but became a hugely popular rental.However, although he will be involved with the film, Carnahan won't be directing the follow-up.He writes on his website: "Universal wants to move ahead with a direct-to-video prequel of Smokin' and asked me if I wanted to Godfather the thing and make sure we did a really cool story."The Dvd numbers Smokin' Aces has done are astounding and they want to strike while the iron is hot. Whatever reluctance I have is alleviated by the fact that we can really do this balls out, hardcore prequel and not be constrained by ratings or any other puritanical Mpaa bulls**t. That I love."I won't be directing. I will probably help break story - something lean and mean and nasty."

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