Rumor: Xavier Gens Directing Conan?
The topic of Hitman is a sore subject for quite a few people. A couple of us, myself included, loved the movie, while plenty of others thought it was pure crap. The reason why I mention it is because the director, Xavier Gens, is rumored to be directing Conan next. Yep, Conan the Barbarian is back, but this time Arnold Schwarzenegger will NOT be swinging the sword. Although an actor hasn't officially been announced, even though Gerard Butler was rumored to be in the runnings, French director Xavier Gens tells Le Film Francais that he may be directing.
This movie has really confused me. We're all well aware of the He-Man and Thundercats movies, but Conan just came out of left field. The first time I had ever heard of it was when a poster for the film appeared at the American Film Market. Since then I've heard nothing until now. As much as I enjoyed Hitman and Xavier Gens' work, I really cannot see him directing Conan. It's just not his style at all! Conan is more of a period piece that requires elements of fantasy and action, whereas what Gens can do is produced more stylized, futuristic action.
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. It isn't even listed on IMDb yet! We'll keep you updated once we hear more and if this rumor turns out to be true.