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Roland Kickinger the new Conan? June 24th, 2009

Risky Busi­ness Blog are report­ing that Conan direc­tor Mar­cus Nis­pel, Lion­s­gate and Nu Image/Millennium have found their new Conan star, and he’s a dead ringer for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The 41 year old body builder from Aus­tria (yeah, you read that right), has recently become an actor; he played a T-800 in Ter­mi­na­tor Sal­va­tion. He’s also played a Conan era Arnie in a biopic enti­tled “See Arnold Run”. Are these par­al­lels begin­ning to scare you?

Shoot­ing is set to begin this fall, some­where in Bulgaria.

Script review of new Conan Movie February 24th, 2009

Latino Review have got their hands on Brett Ratner’s new Conan movie script, and to pre­vent pages of read­ing they have pre­sented it to us in a handy video fea­turette pro­duced by El May­imbe. It dis­cusses the open­ing few scenes in the movie, the main char­ac­ters and cast­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and the film’s poten­tial as a reboot along the lines of 300:

Latino Review

Conan lead should be an unknown February 19th, 2009

Speak­ing with MTV, Brett Rat­ner revealed that he expects the new Conan lead to be an unknown actor with the poten­tial to be iconic:

“I believe it should be an unknown,” Rat­ner hinted to MTV News. “Conan is kind of iconic. It’s kind of like when you do Superman.”

“Grow­ing up, my favorite comic book was ‘Conan,’” added Rat­ner. “[It] was the first comic book I ever read.”

How­ever, Rat­ner is well aware that tak­ing the reins on an all-new “Conan” project is a task wor­thy of the bar­bar­ian him­self. After all, the orig­i­nal series of films hold a spe­cial place in fanyboy’s hearts, and replac­ing Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger in the title role is darn-near sac­ri­lege. But Rat­ner, ever the opti­mist, believes the time is right for “Conan” to pil­lage the local mul­ti­plex once again.

“Look, it’s dif­fi­cult to fill those shoes,” insisted Rat­ner, “But they came up with a new Bat­man, they came up with a new James Bond, you know?”

Brett Ratner rumored to direct January 5th, 2009

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 [4]’ 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.