And no, I'm not kidding. If you read Cinematical enough (and you should!), you're probably already aware of Joe Carnahan's plans to make a direct-to-video Smokin' Aces prequel. While he won't be directing, Carnahan is involved in some capacity, and has been talking up the project quite a bit on his own blog. I was fairly entertained by the original -- I think it succeeded in what it set out to do (with fantastic performances from Jason Bateman and Jeremy Piven), but I absolutely despised the ending. I won't ruin it for those folks who haven't seen it yet, but let's just say it felt like I was coming down from a high ... real hard. Anyway, Carnahan (and his crew) have come up with an interesting way to start promoting the new DTV prequel. That's right, he's asking YOU to name it.

Yup, you can head over to Carnahan's blog right now and participate in the little contest. First up, the director offers up a small plot description that reads: "'A low level government analyst, with forty plus years working an FBI information post, is slated to be assassinated, for reasons unknown at an exact date and time within the next three days. A federal 'Grab Team' or close protection detail has been tasked with saving this man's life...' ...chaos ensues.' The action takes place in D.C. and in New Orleans. Some familiar faces return. Some very surprising. I won't say any more." Carnahan then goes on to stress that, if your title is chosen, you will not be compensated with money. Instead, you'll probably get a whole bunch of movie swag and a free DVD. Oh, and tons and tons of bragging rights. So if you think you can come up with something better than Smokin' Aces 2: The Sh*t Hits the Fan -- by all means, take a stab at it. The contest began yesterday, and Carnahan will run it for exactly two weeks. Good luck!