With Brett Ratner out of the picture it looked like V For Vendetta director James McTeigue was a shoe-in to direct the long in development barbarian epic, Conan.

Well, it looks like news of McTeigue’s appointment was a tad premature as there are three other names in the mix to wield the megaphone whilst a half-naked man in a loin cloth wields a huge sword (there’s a crazy image).

Who are these men, you ask?

You’re going to have to keep reading to find out.

Devin at CHUD states that the other three directors are: Dog Soldiers and Doomsday helmer Neil Marshall; Brotherhood of the Wolf and Silent Hill director Christophe Gans and Pathfinder trail leader Marcus Nispel.

Apparently, producers Nu-Image/Millennium are hot and heavy for McTeigue whilst the distributor Lionsgate have their hearts set on Christophe Gans or Neil Marshall… Maybe Marcus Nispel is the middle ground for both parties.

As for Marshall – he’s currently working on Roman epic Centurion, a film that probably won’t be completed for some time. This would seriously hinder the projected start date for Conan of August.

As for Gans, Brotherhood of the Wolf is a very interesting French film that is part period horror and part martial arts action thriller. Silent Hill wasn’t very good – so it’s a 50/50 toss up as to whether he’s got the goods.

Nispel has directed the above mentioned Viking pic as well as the remakes for Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Is that a good resume? You tell me.

From the names mentioned, I’d like Neil Marshall to direct the film as I have a soft spot for Dog Soldiers; The Descent was very good but I found Doomsday lacking and disjointed. Could he do Conan justice?

More on the Conan development hell saga when we get it.

Source: CHUD