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05.12.2009

There would appear to be a behind-the-scenes brouhaha in the making over who should direct the new CONAN movie. As I'm sure you've heard, Brett Ratner was shown the door and now Lionsgate and Nu Image/Millennium are looking for a replacement. Problem is, according to CHUD, they can't seem to agree.

As was reported late last week, Nu Image/Millenium was zeroing in on James McTeague (V FOR VENDETTA) as their man. But now comes word that Lionsgate isn't sold on McTeague and instead has a couple other directors in mind. Their list includes Marcus Nispel (FRIDAY THE 13TH), Christophe Gans (SILENT HILL) and Neil Marshall (THE DESCENT). Quite frankly, I think Marshall is the best choice out of any that I've heard so far but it looks like Nispel is the frontrunner at this point.

While I don't agree that Nispel would make the best CONAN film, it's hard to argue with the success of both TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and FRIDAY THE 13TH. Who's your choice to direct a CONAN movie? Any of these guys? Someone completely different?

Extra Tidbit: And who would star as Conan?
Source: CHUD

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5:10PM on 05/16/2009
This will be okay, IF it doesn't wind up looking like "300" all over again in style and effect.
This will be okay, IF it doesn't wind up looking like "300" all over again in style and effect.
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6:57AM on 05/15/2009
Guillermo del Toro would be sweet! I would pick him or Mel Gibson [link])
Guillermo del Toro would be sweet! I would pick him or Mel Gibson [link])
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3:32PM on 05/13/2009
i know he probably has a lot on his plate, but get either guillermo del toro or peter jackson and make it epic. i enjoyed the first conan, but would like to see more in lines with robert e howard's conan with some awesome cgi.
i know he probably has a lot on his plate, but get either guillermo del toro or peter jackson and make it epic. i enjoyed the first conan, but would like to see more in lines with robert e howard's conan with some awesome cgi.
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8:25AM on 05/13/2009
Out of the four I'd like to see Gans do it. Personally, I didn't really care for Silent Hill all that much (although I've never played the games so that might have something to do with it). However, he did a tremendous job with Brotherhood of the Wolf, so I think he could do wonders with this. I think Marshall and McTeague would be decent choices (I mean hey, they're not Ratner so I'm really not complaining) but I hope they don't go for Nispel. Pathfinder was pretty mediocre, and I bet his
Out of the four I'd like to see Gans do it. Personally, I didn't really care for Silent Hill all that much (although I've never played the games so that might have something to do with it). However, he did a tremendous job with Brotherhood of the Wolf, so I think he could do wonders with this. I think Marshall and McTeague would be decent choices (I mean hey, they're not Ratner so I'm really not complaining) but I hope they don't go for Nispel. Pathfinder was pretty mediocre, and I bet his Conan movie wouldn't turn out much better.
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8:08AM on 05/13/2009
Out of the three, Id say the smartest choice would be Gans. He did a great job with Brotherhood of the Wolf and Silent Hill.

This film needs a director that will infuse it with something special, give it that special oomph. And Gans always makes his films special.
Out of the three, Id say the smartest choice would be Gans. He did a great job with Brotherhood of the Wolf and Silent Hill.

This film needs a director that will infuse it with something special, give it that special oomph. And Gans always makes his films special.
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2:47AM on 05/13/2009
how about Gerald Butler as Conan?
how about Gerald Butler as Conan?
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12:01AM on 05/13/2009
McTigue did an amazing job with V for Vendetta even if he did have help from the Wachowski brothers. So BOOOO for Nispel being the frontrunner.

Marshall is overrated. However, Christophe Gans is an intriguing choice. I really thought he did a fantastic job with Silent Hill. And even though Conan is very different from Silent Hill, at least he's a more visionary director than Nispel.

I still REALLY WANT McTigue to do this though.
McTigue did an amazing job with V for Vendetta even if he did have help from the Wachowski brothers. So BOOOO for Nispel being the frontrunner.

Marshall is overrated. However, Christophe Gans is an intriguing choice. I really thought he did a fantastic job with Silent Hill. And even though Conan is very different from Silent Hill, at least he's a more visionary director than Nispel.

I still REALLY WANT McTigue to do this though.
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7:38PM on 05/12/2009

Karl Urban all the way

I'm glad Crookman mentioned Pathfinder".

He's right, it was lame, but Karl Urban was great in the lead -- playing a very rugged, ruthless and intense barbarian. Physique was perfect -- doesn't have Arnold's bulk, -- but he's more than large and muscular enough. And he's got acting chops as well.

Team up Urban with a good director, and we're cookin'.
I'm glad Crookman mentioned Pathfinder".

He's right, it was lame, but Karl Urban was great in the lead -- playing a very rugged, ruthless and intense barbarian. Physique was perfect -- doesn't have Arnold's bulk, -- but he's more than large and muscular enough. And he's got acting chops as well.

Team up Urban with a good director, and we're cookin'.
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6:51PM on 05/12/2009

Bad, Bad, Bad

So your going to look for directors remake horror films, video game adaptations and low budget horror films to direct a big budget action movie. Wow. Way to go Lionsgate. Just knowing Lionsgate has control over this movie is enough to say it will be a disaster, but saying that low budget horror film directors is what Conan needs puts the nails in the coffin.
So your going to look for directors remake horror films, video game adaptations and low budget horror films to direct a big budget action movie. Wow. Way to go Lionsgate. Just knowing Lionsgate has control over this movie is enough to say it will be a disaster, but saying that low budget horror film directors is what Conan needs puts the nails in the coffin.
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5:54PM on 05/12/2009
The only one of those directors that is remotely interesting to me is McTeague.

Gans, Nispel and Marshal have all made movies that infuriated me. Nispel less so, but why are they going for half ass directors. Half talented guys who please fan boys but can't really make a good and true solid picture. I would love to get a director with a unique vision on this.

Conan deserves McTeague or better. McTeague is a solid director who would do justice to this property. The others would just
The only one of those directors that is remotely interesting to me is McTeague.

Gans, Nispel and Marshal have all made movies that infuriated me. Nispel less so, but why are they going for half ass directors. Half talented guys who please fan boys but can't really make a good and true solid picture. I would love to get a director with a unique vision on this.

Conan deserves McTeague or better. McTeague is a solid director who would do justice to this property. The others would just revisit the 80's again and try to make someone else's picture.
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5:36PM on 05/12/2009

Ratner is a complete waste of life.

I love how AOL's "popeater" picture gallery has a picture of fatass shit director ratner chowing on some pizza and looking like a real jerk off. I also love how their writer captioned the image by stating...

"TRANSFORMER'S director, Brett Ratner, stuffs his face with pizza in Los Angeles, California on May 2nd."

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It's picture 2 of 103.

Transformer's director?

Fucking ridiculous. Do some research, dumb-asses.

I love how AOL's "popeater" picture gallery has a picture of fatass shit director ratner chowing on some pizza and looking like a real jerk off. I also love how their writer captioned the image by stating...

"TRANSFORMER'S director, Brett Ratner, stuffs his face with pizza in Los Angeles, California on May 2nd."

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It's picture 2 of 103.

Transformer's director?

Fucking ridiculous. Do some research, dumb-asses.

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5:36PM on 05/12/2009

Got news for you all...

All of these directors, are shit. Shit as in choices... I know a couple of them have banged out some good stuff... but for Conan? No thanks.

People tend to forget that Oliver friggin' Stone co-wrote the first Conan... and Oliver Stone in his prime. Young, hungry, and fearless.

Get a great writer first, then get a director... and a double whammy will be even better.

I also agree with those who feel this should be the story of King Conan... but ah well.

All of these directors, are shit. Shit as in choices... I know a couple of them have banged out some good stuff... but for Conan? No thanks.

People tend to forget that Oliver friggin' Stone co-wrote the first Conan... and Oliver Stone in his prime. Young, hungry, and fearless.

Get a great writer first, then get a director... and a double whammy will be even better.

I also agree with those who feel this should be the story of King Conan... but ah well.

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4:04PM on 05/12/2009

Good directors

My pick for Conan though is Manu Bennett from The Condemned and 30 Days of Night.
My pick for Conan though is Manu Bennett from The Condemned and 30 Days of Night.
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3:20PM on 05/12/2009

Marshall Sounds Great

The Descent was a terrific movie -- scary as hell and brilliantly atmospheric.
The Descent was a terrific movie -- scary as hell and brilliantly atmospheric.
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2:54PM on 05/12/2009

GANS!!!!

Brotherhood of the Wolf was great, He is a great director. For Conan, I think Nathan Jones could play him, if not, he should be in the movie to fight Conan. The guy is HUGE!!!
Brotherhood of the Wolf was great, He is a great director. For Conan, I think Nathan Jones could play him, if not, he should be in the movie to fight Conan. The guy is HUGE!!!
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1:45PM on 05/12/2009

uh guys?

Conan is more than just a terrible Arnie movie. It's got about a billion awesome fucking books and a couple really great comic series'. Arnie wasn't right for the role back in the day. It's not a remake, it's them hopefully trying to do the damned story justice, which has never happened. In comparison to the novels and comics, the two older movies were piles of steaming shit.

On a more relevant note, none of these directors actually sound that bad. Maybe I'm just thrilled the rat isn't doing
Conan is more than just a terrible Arnie movie. It's got about a billion awesome fucking books and a couple really great comic series'. Arnie wasn't right for the role back in the day. It's not a remake, it's them hopefully trying to do the damned story justice, which has never happened. In comparison to the novels and comics, the two older movies were piles of steaming shit.

On a more relevant note, none of these directors actually sound that bad. Maybe I'm just thrilled the rat isn't doing it anymore. I like the thought of Giliam doing it, but it would never see the light of day, Fincher could make a dark and awesome one, Del Toro would do it right. Shit there's more than a few directors who could rock the hell out of this movie.
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1:35PM on 05/12/2009

NO RAT!!

Best news I've heard all day. McTeague or Gans. Either one of these dudes would rock it right. Remember Brotherhood of the Wolf? NO RATNER!!!!! YAY!!!! I'd like to see Arnie as Conan's dad and get a new fresh face for Conan. I can't think of anyone i'd like to see.
Best news I've heard all day. McTeague or Gans. Either one of these dudes would rock it right. Remember Brotherhood of the Wolf? NO RATNER!!!!! YAY!!!! I'd like to see Arnie as Conan's dad and get a new fresh face for Conan. I can't think of anyone i'd like to see.
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12:57PM on 05/12/2009
McTeague is the only one of those directors who's actually made a movie that was remotely watchable. But I'd love to see Terry Gilliam do Conan.
McTeague is the only one of those directors who's actually made a movie that was remotely watchable. But I'd love to see Terry Gilliam do Conan.
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12:48PM on 05/12/2009

it depends....

will the movie be a continuation of the story? or will this be another "Re-Imagining"? either way I'm sure the governator shouldn't be in it. and why all horror movie directors? Blood, guts, gore, and more? sounds good to me.
will the movie be a continuation of the story? or will this be another "Re-Imagining"? either way I'm sure the governator shouldn't be in it. and why all horror movie directors? Blood, guts, gore, and more? sounds good to me.
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12:24PM on 05/12/2009
Arnie return as as Conan?? I don't think so, we might end up with another T3-ish vibe and besides he's way too old for the role now.

Since were on the subject of wrestlers as Conan how about........ THE BIG SHOW!!! :D
Arnie return as as Conan?? I don't think so, we might end up with another T3-ish vibe and besides he's way too old for the role now.

Since were on the subject of wrestlers as Conan how about........ THE BIG SHOW!!! :D
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12:11PM on 05/12/2009

Nispel made the idiotic "pathfinder"

which was an abysmal version of a pretty interesting norwegian film-this guy would be a worse choise than Ratner...
the other names on the list sounds good though.
which was an abysmal version of a pretty interesting norwegian film-this guy would be a worse choise than Ratner...
the other names on the list sounds good though.
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11:52AM on 05/12/2009

PETER JACKSON!!!

And I think Arnold should return as Conan and the story should be about him and his son or something. I can't think of anybody else as Conan. Cena??? HAHAHA
And I think Arnold should return as Conan and the story should be about him and his son or something. I can't think of anybody else as Conan. Cena??? HAHAHA
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11:28AM on 05/12/2009

Gans or Marshall

If Nipsel gets the nod, I'll be very disappointed. Just because a your film is successful financially doesn't mean it's good film. F13 and TCM were both mediocre at best. As for who should be Conan? I'm not sure, but no way in HELL should it be Cena...

Come to think of it, I'm always up for a good comedy. *lmao*
If Nipsel gets the nod, I'll be very disappointed. Just because a your film is successful financially doesn't mean it's good film. F13 and TCM were both mediocre at best. As for who should be Conan? I'm not sure, but no way in HELL should it be Cena...

Come to think of it, I'm always up for a good comedy. *lmao*
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10:36AM on 05/12/2009

CHRISTOPHE GANS!

Just watch "Brotherhood of the wolf" to see that he can pull this off with one finger in his nose...
Please let him direct, yo!

Or how about MEL GIBSON as director!!! With an unknown actor as Conan or maybe the Rock.
Just watch "Brotherhood of the wolf" to see that he can pull this off with one finger in his nose...
Please let him direct, yo!

Or how about MEL GIBSON as director!!! With an unknown actor as Conan or maybe the Rock.
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10:26AM on 05/12/2009
A red head, a brunette, and a blonde walk into an elevator. Then a guy walks in the elevator. The red head says "he's cute", then the brunette says "he needs head and shoulders", and lastly the blond says "how do you give a guy shoulders?"
A red head, a brunette, and a blonde walk into an elevator. Then a guy walks in the elevator. The red head says "he's cute", then the brunette says "he needs head and shoulders", and lastly the blond says "how do you give a guy shoulders?"
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10:26AM on 05/12/2009
Michael Bay with Shia Labeouf(sp?) starring as Conan.
Michael Bay with Shia Labeouf(sp?) starring as Conan.
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10:16AM on 05/12/2009
PT Anderson
PT Anderson
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9:46AM on 05/12/2009

welll...

Snyder? :D
Snyder? :D
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9:41AM on 05/12/2009

welll...

Snyder? :D
Snyder? :D
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9:38AM on 05/12/2009

Only One Choice

JOHN CENA. yes, the movies he's made arent that great. but are they action packed and targeted towards guys who like action movies? Yes, which is exactly the purpose of this movie being made
JOHN CENA. yes, the movies he's made arent that great. but are they action packed and targeted towards guys who like action movies? Yes, which is exactly the purpose of this movie being made
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