In the twelve years since he premiered his first feature, Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane, at Sundance, Joe Carnahan has been through his fair share of ups and downs. Sure, he earned critical acclaim with Narc, a cult following with the critically maligned actioner Smokin' Aces in 2007, and notched a writing credit on Pride and Glory in 2008, but he also had no less than four major directing projects stall or fizzle out, including Mission Impossible III, Bunny Lake is Missing, White Jazz, and Killing Pablo. And when your luck is so bad that Entourage makes a bizarro version of your film before you do -- as it did with the faux film Medellin -- well, you can use a karmic turn of events.

So it's with great anticipation that his supporters look toward 2010, when Carnahan directs again for the first time in four years. His summer studio flick, an update of the television showThe A-Team, has earned buzz with a newly unveiled teaser trailer and, he assured Cinematical, will not disappoint fans of the original series. But first, Carnahan offers a more immediate treat for his fans: Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball, a prequel to Smokin' Aces on DVD this week that stars Tom Berenger, Clayne Crawford, Michael Parks, Vinnie Jones, and Autumn Reeser as the Tremor sister we never knew existed (in a cackling, guns-blazing performance that will eradicate the memory of her goody-two-shoes role on The O.C.).

Full interview after the jump.