In a piece of news that warms my heart like someone threw napalm into it, Joe Carnahan will be bringing his particular brand of carnage back to the Smokin’ Aces universe by filming a prequel to the 2006 shoot em’ up. His own website is reporting that 1) The project is a go B) They’re already a’working on it and 3) There will be cameos aplenty.

This is awesome news. And the best thing about a prequel – nobody that died in the original is dead yet! Huzzah! That leaves the door wide open to bring all the cool characters from Smokin’ Aces back to shoot an impossible amount of bullets, rockets and playing cards at each other.

Leaving aside the horrific disaster that was Pride and Glory, Carnahan already has three projects on the table that he’s writing, directing or writing and directing – a remake of Preminger’s Bunny Lake is Missing, a true-life story about Pablo Escobar called Killing Pablo, and a children’s animated feature called Fluffy Bunny’s Big Day.

Just kidding – the third project is a cop corruption flick based on an Ellroy novel called White Jazz, although I bet Carnahan could write the shit out of Fluffy Bunny’s Big Day.

There’s little information about the project out there so we don’t know when it starts filming or if there’s a planned date yet for Universal to release it. We’ll keep our eyes open for it.

What do you think? Are you excited about another Smokin’ Aces? Should there be a higher body count? Should we learn the origin story of that freaky tightey-whitey-wearing kid from the original? Should Iron Man make a cameo?

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