Rumor: Rob Zombie Directing the Conan Reboot?!
Holy crap, is this real?! We've talked about the Conan the Barbarian reboot previously, in an article from early January that rumored that Hitman director Xavier Gens could end up as director. Now the rumors have changed to instead single out, with more confidence, Rob Zombie as the director. Bloody-Disgusting.com has 100% confirmation that Zombie has been meeting with Lionsgate to talk about directing Conan. Is this good or bad or what? I'm still too shocked to sort through this and figure out of it's actually a good thing or not.
As mentioned originally back in January, this Conan movie came out of nowhere. Nu Image was already trying to sell the film, with a poster and all, before anyone even knew about it or before it had a director or cast attached. The rumor that Hitman director Xavier Gens was directing was so solid, that even IMDb changed their listing to show Gens as director. Now it looks like that might not be the case. Or we could have a classic case of confusion, where Zombie, a well-known horror director, could be talking with Lionsgate, a studio known for putting out horror, about another horror movie and not Conan.
Of all the people I could have dreamt up to take on this Conan the Barbarian reboot, Rob Zombie was NOT one of them. This is why I'm so unsure that it's true. Rob Zombie previously directed House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, and the Halloween remake from last year, and seems to be set on directing horror films. He even previously stated that he doesn't like doing remakes, and then shocked everyone by remaking Halloween. If Zombie does take this reboot on, it will at least be a darker and rougher film, that's for sure!
This new version of Conan the Barbarian will apparently be more faithful to Robert E. Howard's original creation than the Arnold Schwarzenegger films. The only other information available is that it's supposed to be out by 2009, but other than that this film is hiding in the dark. What do you think of Rob Zombie helming this film? Is it a good idea or a bad one? Could he bring something unique to the table with his style and filmmaking techniques?