Who Will Direct Conan?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2013 at 7:47 pm,

conan directors Who Will Direct Conan?

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

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  1. I agree with you, Brotherhood was an interesting pic. A period-horror piece with martial arts, but doesn’t the male lead looks similar to Triple H?
    I would disagree with you on Silent Hill, I really dug that film. Having played the first 3 games, that picture captured the essence of the games. The problem is that the games give you the player that kind of eerie & creepy experience with nothing much going on, watching it is a different story.

    It is a big toss up for me between Marshall & Gans. Both have great eyes, but looking at that Kingly picture of the King, ARnold, there is no one else but John Milius!

  2. Man, I though James McTeigu would have great as the director

  3. Tarantino should get it. It would be a bloody mess!

  4. And you thought the Rat man would kill the film… I love Tarantino’s work but it is such a far cry from the idea of Conan that the might even be fanboy suicides.

  5. Back when King Conan was supposed to be made with Arnold, There was talk that Vin Diesel was going to play Conan’s son Kon. That would’ve been cool.

  6. Tarantino–HUH? For this?
    Truthfully, Tarantino’s gore really isn’t all that gory at all. Ridley Scott is much, MUCH more gorier than Quentin.

    HEY, thats not a bad idea! Ridley to direct this new Conan!

  7. My schedule is totally open!!

  8. You know who will end up doing it. Michael Bay. ;)

  9. I will give you one name for this that would give it the justice it deserves…

    Frank Miller.

  10. @Okami

    You MUST be joking. Millar should never be allowed behind the camera without supervision ever again.