Conan finally has a director and is moving forward.
According to Variety, Marcus (Friday the 13th) Nispel has been tapped by Nu Image/Millennium Films to direct a new Conan film, the first major move for the franchise in nine years of development. With Nispel named, the film is moving ahead quickly with production slated to start later this year in Bulgari and South Africa.
Previous to Nispel’s signing on, the film was rumored to be in the sights of Larry and Andy Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, and most recently, Brett Ratner. Ratner came the closest to getting the job prior to Nispel, but according to the trade, could not commit in a timely fashion.
From the trade:
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."
Nu Image/Millennium is co-producing the film with Lionsgate, with Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta and Fredrick Malmberg – of Paradox, which holds the Conan rights - producing.
Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer have written the script for the film.