Sunday, June 14, 2009


Remake guru, Marcus Nispel will add yet another remake to his career. After nine years of development hell, Variety reports Nispel is directing the Conan remake for Nu Image/Millennium Films and Lionsgate.

The film will be the most financially ambitious ever for Lerner, with a script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose credits include Sahara and Cowboys and Aliens.

Paradox originally set the project at Warner Bros. but declined to ink a new rights deal after numerous unsuccessful attempts to make it with directors like Larry and Andy Wachowski and Robert Rodriguez. Malmberg then set it with Lerner in a seven-figure deal with strong progress to production stipulations. Lerner flirted with Brett Ratner last year, but the filmmaker could not commit in a timely fashion and Lerner couldn't wait.

That opened the door for Nispel, who'll make "Conan" his third redo, after The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. For Nispel, "Conan" is a job he has dreamed about since his childhood.

Nispel said he will blend his childhood imaginings of the character with the influence of the famous Conan illustrations by Frank Frazetta, and the influence of such viscerally violent period films as Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.

Sounds like he's got the right mindset for the job. Production is set to begin later this year in Bulgaria and South Africa.

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