So Brett Ratner Will Be Killing Conan After All?
We've heard rumors left and right about the proposed Conan movie slated for sometime in 2009, but so far no one has ever stepped up to the plate. AICN confirms today that Brett Ratner will officially be taking the reigns on what (I now predict) will be a big flop. How does this guy still get hired to direct big budget movies? I know I didn't give any of my money to Rush Hour 3, did you? I don't think I need to explain what Conan is all about anymore. As a reminder, Lionsgate announced in August two new writers, Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain, who scripted the still unreleased Outlander Viking sci-fi movie.
Instead of even mentioning that 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Lionsgate is going all the way back to Robert E. Howard's pulp stories first published in the 1930s. This isn't a remake, it's a reboot, if even that. It's supposed to be a $100 million R-rated origin film, which in theory sounds like a great idea. But in the hands of Brett Ratner, it's going to be a $100 million pile of crap. My excitement grew ever so slightly when Robert Rodriguez let it slip that he was potentially producing this Conan movie because Red Sonja, his project with Rose McGowan, was so closely related. However, I've lost all hope, if this is indeed true.