Rumor: James McTeigue to Direct Lionsgate's Conan Movie?!
Whoa, wait a minute! Just two days ago we reported that Brett Ratner was officially off of Conan. Good news, considering no one wants him to ruin any more movies. But producer Joe Gatta only said that "we're currently in the process of hiring a director," without hinting at who. Well, CHUD claims to have heard from a trusted source that the director they're going after is none other than James McTeigue, the brilliant Australian filmmaker behind V for Vendetta and the upcoming Ninja Assassin. We've heard of directors like Rob Zombie and Xavier Gens previously, but no one of this caliber! They can't be serious, can they?
Here's the thing - even though McTeigue only has one film under his belt (since Ninja Assassin isn't out yet), I still think he's a fantastic filmmaker along lines of the Wachowskis. And remember, he is still the Wachowski's first assistant director. I guess I'm upset because I love McTeigue and otherwise have no interest in Conan. McTeigue hasn't signed any papers and isn't officially on board yet, but it looks like it'll be his gig in the end. There is even some speculation they may cut the budget because he's a great director who can work well with mid-size budgets (as in, $50 million and not the rumored $120 million).
I think this is the perfect time to bring up a comment from the Brett Ratner news article. A reader named "Dan the Fan" called me out on my dislike for Conan and presumed to explain why it's so good. "Conan the Barbarian was a brilliantly told story - in every aspect. The imagery, the tragic hero, music… I could go on forever! It's timeless… a classic display of how genuine filmmaking SHOULD be. Not some flashy romp-fest." I can't say I agree with him, however, he's made me feel a bit more open to this movie. If McTeigue does sign on to direct this, then I'll be excited for it no matter what. Good choice or bad?