In November 2008, in a flurry of excitement from Conan producer Avi Lerner it was announced that Brett Ratner would be directing the 2010 Conan remake — the initial statement in the Hollywood Reporter implied that Ratner had committed himself to the sequel, however it seems that Ratner is still in the final phases of negotiation, according to the LA Times, with the screenwriters polishing the script to incorporate new ideas thrown up in the discussion.
Lerner remains positive that Ratner is perfect for the job:
“He has the passion and feeling for this project–he even wrote a story about Conan when he was 10 years old. He understands the character, he analyzed the script really well. He knows how to make this a really big movie. I like his childlike enthusiasm–he almost sees these movies as wonderful toys. What can I say, he’s a nice, likable Jewish boy.”
Ratner’s involvement hinges on “a few obstacles,” namely “a budget, on how to do the special effects and exactly where we’d shoot the film.” — Early thoughts point to a studio in Bulgaria and some exterior work in China.
But when the LA Times contacted Ratner things turned a little sour:
“I am not doing ‘Conan’ now. This is totally premature. For now, ‘Conan’ is only a development deal. I have a deal at Paramount and I’m doing ‘Beverly Hills Cop ’ first, no matter what. Avi shouldn’t be telling you or anyone else in the press what I’m doing.”
We’ll have to wait and see how this one develops.