Marcus Nispel To Direct Conan

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

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The Arnold Schwarzenegger remake/reboot craze continues to roll on with news that remake guru Marcus Nispel is set to helm the new Conan film. Nispel replaces Brett Ratner who recently dropped out of directing the film for Nu Image/Millennium Films.

In the past Nispel has directed the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th and Pathfinder so at the very least he knows his way around violence, gore and swords. Other directors attached to the project over the years include the Wachowski’s and Robert Rodriguez (he’s now producing Red Sonja).

Nu Image/ Millennum films hope to start shooting the Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer penned film in Bulgaria and South Africa later in the year.

In a strange case of irony Nispel was also set to direct the Arnold Schwarzenegger film End of Days in 1998 but he withdrew due to the ever popular reason of “creative differences.”

With a bit of luck Conan will now move forward. It’ll be interesting to see who Nispel gets to wear the loin cloth in the epic film.

More on Conan when we get it.

Source: CHUD

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  1. i’m sure johnny depp is being considered for the role……but it will probably go to shia lebouf.

  2. Personally I want to see “Conan the King” with Arnold. Ive been waiting for him to get older just so he can play the part. now he is the right age. He needs to give up the Governor thing because he sucks at it and go back to acting.

  3. Yeah, a movie with an old Conan would be great. The first couple of tales were written of him as a king.

    A director who has done remakes doing another remake – ok, now wondering if Ratner was that bad a choice. Not loving this.

  4. Arnold talked about doing “Conan the King” right around the time he did his last “Terminator” movie, I wonder what happened.

  5. Carlton, Political agenda got in the way but now, I am sure that Arnold the King will play King Conan when his term is over. Him and Milius are still good buddies.

    Marcus Nispel, you know, he tried to do something akin to Conan with Pathfinder. In fact he drew inspiration from the Conan comics and Frazetta’s art and what turned out was pure crap! First of all, it was too dark to see anything! I know when directors make the scenery dark it is to give mood, an eerie atmosphere. But in the case of Pathfinder, my guess is that it is hide everything that was wrong. Much worse than the Bourne-editing, at least with that you could catch something.

    Bad choice…Neil Marshall or the director of Ninja should have gotten this job.

  6. He did Pathfinder!
    Oh that’s ruined it for me. An awful movie.

  7. I loved Pathfinder. I watch that movie a lot.

  8. Marcus Nispel is man for the job,and you will see…but who play staring role?My opinion..Drasko Andjic from Serbia,unknown actor,6`3 tall,250 lbs of hard muscle frame

  9. Johnny Depp? Shia ? Drasko Andjic? ( who is that ) the guy in the cell phone commercials?
    All very funny suggestions. But CONAN is going to be a CGI character like King Kong with real people walking around him. He’s going to look a lot like Arnold but all he’s going to do is scowl and when you hear his voice it’s going to be a long shot or with his back turned so you can’t see how phony CGI makes peoples faces. Never a speaking close up.
    Seriously though…I was kidding. But Yes Pathfinder was a suffocating and dark dreary dismal film. I hate soundstage greenscreen CGI movies. Ahh yes the days when John Houston or Sam Peckinpagh would go to various different locales and film beautiful scenery and all the landscapes were real…even in the snowstorm scenes. I don’t like this choice of Director and I have a sinking feeling…this movie is not being given the treatrment it’s due……so it’s going to be a terrible waste of time and money. In other words…it’ll suck camel hump.

  10. I agree, I was waiting all this time to eventually get to see Conan the King, especially since Arnold is finally around the age he would need to be to portray for the next story…whats the point in remaking it? Finish it first, then remake the blasted things! :P

  11. Now that Arnold is in politics his acting career is over. He retired permanently. He will not be coming back to act. If he does…it’ll be a cameo or something. He cartainly does not look like he used to either. The speed they hack movies out these days…he’d never be in the shape he needs to be in time anyway. I used to say all the time…The UNDERTAKER from the WWE should play CONAN….he’s huge ( practically a giant ) and make up can cover the tats. But nobody liked my suggestion. Whoever they choose to star and direct ….I hope it’s as good as a Harry Potter film or the Lord of the rings trilogy or 300 or even Gladiator or Braveheart….but films like King Arthur and Eragon and Pathfinder were just horrible. This is no joke and should not be treated like one. Gullermo Del Toro should direct.

  12. Conan the Barbarian was a great film, and in the fantasy genre (considering the time it was made) it has no peer. The slaughter of his people, his enslavement, the pit warrior training, Subotai (Freaking cool dude man!) THULSA DOOM and the blonde chick bit it, and the BLOOD… don’t get me started on the awesome gore effects. Conan the Destroyer was quite forgettable, except for that D’Abo chick in the transparent gown. IT IS TRUE that the wizard narrated a tease at the end of the film, “he became king by his own hand, but that is another story” SO… there is indeed another tale to tell, but who will tell it? And who will play Conan? Arnold was previously Mr. Olympia and not exactly unknown, but in the world of Hollywood he was… so an unknown would be good. But if no Arnold (and I agree with Mikeyboy, he’s done with movies) then it has to be a re-telling/new version and not a sequel or “King” story.

  13. nooo, please, i like johnny depp and shia lebouf, but a skinny conan would be so disappointing!

  14. No…I heard they found someone who is under serious consideration. Roland Kickinger I believe his name is. He was in Salvation as the assembly line Terminator.

  15. Roland Kickinger is the life guard from Howard Sterns TV show “Son of the Beach”.

  16. Drasko Andjic is the on Youtube

  17. I checked out Drasko on Youtube…he’s just posing by some ruins. That does not mean he has the part.
    Kickinger has been in movies and films already. He has the inside connections already he’s being considered already.
    I really don’t like his mushy squishy face…I do think Drasko has more rugged looks and more mature features.
    But as it is with Hollywoodland they’ll take the comedy route and use the guy from the 1-800-collect commercials who wants to call his mommy.

  18. Roland is like 44 – way too old. They’ll never going to start a possible franchise with that old goat. Trust me. He’s rumored and he’s agents are doing a big push – even put him on IMDB – but they aren’t going with Roland or Drasko. They want a younger guy. 22 to 30 (tap into the young New Star Trek / Harry Potter money) great actor, the body and the soul of Conan.I know who they are considering and he’s an unknown and will blow everyone away…

  19. well I wish to hell they’d get to work already…too much talk not enough results. We want a CONAN film and a good one at that and they’re dragging their feet. Get it done already!!!!

  20. @ castingmike who are they considering?

  21. They need Conan the Rave-arian LOL DAMN YOUTUBE!!!!

  22. Who is this new young actor they are considering!?

  23. The young actor is an unknown – but the right guy rest assure. I just read the script tonight – It’s GLADIATOR / LOND OF THE RINGS good!

  24. Well Castingmike are you an REH conan fan? Because if you are this is some vary good news!And i just need to ask,how did you read the script? Are you apart of this project?

  25. Castingmike are you an REH conan fan? Because if you are this is vary good news!How did you read the script,and are you apart of this movie?