Marcus Nispel to Helm "Conan" Remake

Marcus Nispel has been set by Millennium Films to direct "Conan," ending a nine-year development ordeal to reinvent the Robert E Howard-created barbarian, first immortalized onscreen by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982.

Production on the remake is set to start late this year in Bulgaria and South Africa. The script is written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose credits include "Sahara" and "Cowboys and Aliens."

Paradox originally set the project at Warner Bros but declined to ink a new rights deal after numerous unsuccessful attempts to make it with directors like Larry and Andy Wachowski and Robert Rodriguez. Producers then considered Brett Ratner last year, but the filmmaker could not commit in a timely fashion.

That opened the door for Nispel, who'll make "Conan" his third remake, after "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Friday the 13th."



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