Last month, we reported that "X-Men: The Last Stand" filmmaker Brett Ratner had parted ways with the "Conan" franchise, leaving the hard-drinking barbarian without a director -- but with a little luck and a blessing from Crom, a replacement has been found!
The word is in from Variety that Marcus Nispel will direct "Conan" for Nu Image/Millennium Films and Lionsgate. "Conan" will mark Nispel's third time reawakening a franchise, the first two being his directorial work on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Friday the 13th."
According to the article, Nispel's take on the film will draw inspiration from "his childhood imaginings of the character with the influence of the famous Conan illustrations by Frank Frazetta, and the influence of such viscerally violent period films as Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto.'"
Say what you will about Mel Gibson and his headline-worthy antics, but "Apocalypto" really could be a perfect model for "Conan." Bizarre make-up effects, brutal warfare and exotic locales? Sounds like the ideal road map for an epic "Conan" movie to us.
If nothing else, we're sure to see some of those "Apocalypto" inspired exotic locales, as Variety notes that "Conan" will film in Bulgaria and South Africa later this year.
It's worth wondering how much of Ratner's previously expressed mission statement will actually make it into "Conan" now that Nispel is directing the film. Not long ago, Ratner told MTV News that the film's script would center on "the original source material," and also added that an unknown actor should play the lead role.
With Nispel on board and production ramping up, it's just a matter of time before we catch word on that casting. Can we submit our official vote for Alexander Skarsgård now? There's a reason that guy lost "Thor" to Chris Hemsworth. Just saying!
Is Nispel a good fit for "Conan," or is there someone else you'd rather see in the director's chair?