Marcus Nispel to Fill In for Brett Ratner on Lionsgate's Conan
by Alex Billington
June 11, 2009
Ever since we heard back in early May that Brett Ratner had been dropped from Lionsgate's new Conan movie, we've been waiting with bated breath (not really) to find out which director would fill in and take over the project. Apparently it's a name we're all familiar with - Marcus Nispel. Over at CHUD they're reporting that their "impeccable source" has confirmed that Nispel has indeed signed on officially to take over Conan. They don't know if they'll still make the August start that producer Joe Gatta said they were shooting for, but they do mention that this means Nispel's The Last Voyage of Demeter will be delayed.
For those who don't instantly recognize the name, Marcus Nispel is the German director who most recently brought us the new Friday the 13th reboot. Before that he directed the Viking movie Pathfinder and the new The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (but not the sequel). I actually like Nispel, hes got a really great style and he knows what he's doing, for the most part. Pathfinder was a disaster more because of the script, but it did at least look really good. As for whether Nispel can handle Conan the Barbarian, I definitely think he can - as long as he has a good to script to work from. Except that no one knows who's writing the latest draft.