Brett Ratner Will NOT Be Directing Conan Anymore
Our friends at Empire are reporting that Brett Ratner will no longer be directing Lionsgate's Conan movie. They spoke with producer Joe Gatta (who is still working on Red Sonja as well) and got an update on the status of the production. "For the past six months we were discussing the movie with Brett Ratner, and for more timing issues than anything else we had to part ways with Brett. We all wanted him to do it, believe me; just the timing didn't work. But you never know what can happen." I don't know if this is good news or bad news? It's only bad because, if not Conan, then what else out there is Ratner going to ruin instead?
There's not much more that Gatta had to add, but he did say they've got a start date and will be casting soon. "We have a potential start-date on Conan of August 24. And we'll be shooting in Bulgaria. I would say though the emphasis is on Conan [rather than Red Sonja]. It's our crown jewel here at the company and that will be the leader. Red Sonja probably won't happen until next year, as far as making it goes. So we want to launch Conan and reinvent the franchise." This reboot has been in development for a long time (we actually first saw a poster for it back in 2007), so hopefully this means it'll finally get made sometime soon?
Considering I'm not the biggest fan of Conan or Red Sonja or any of that (not even Schwarzenegger's movie from 1982), I don't even know where to start with ideas for better directors. At one point, even Rob Zombie was rumored, although that would've probably been a disaster. We'll let you know when and if they find a new director for this and, most importantly, who they cast to fill Arnold's shoes as Conan the Barbarian.