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FRIDAY THE 13TH director takes on CONAN

Marcus Nispel to finally film pic this year

By Rob M. Worley     June 12, 2009
Source: Variety

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Variety reports that 'Friday the 13th' (2009) director Marcus Nispel has boarded the 'Conan' film project for Nu Image/Millennium Films.

The current script for the film is by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, of 'Sahara fame.

The franchise relaunch has been bouncing among directors for years so it'll be interesting to see if Nispel can bring Robert E. Howard's Barbarian king back to the big screen.  Plans are to start filming this year in Bulgaria and South America, so it appears to be a on a fast-track, contrary to past efforts spearheaded by the Wachaowskis, Robert Rodriguez and Brett Ratner respectively.

'Conan' will be a co-production with Lionsgate. Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta are producing with Fredrick Malmberg, chief of Paradox which holds the rights to Howard's creation.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



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Wiseguy 6/12/2009 6:43:33 AM

I liked Friday the 13th and his Texas Chainsaw Massacre was better than the original IMHO but found Pathfinder lackluster and almost amateurish. But I am hopeful he'll do a good job with Conan, especially after Pathfinder, cause now he knows what doesn't work.

I also like that it's moving forward but I hate that "fast-track" thing, it always leads me to believe that it won't be properly thought out, well written or well produced, especially since they have shooting dates already in mind ahead of a finished script. Fast-track ala Star Trek with 2 years before release date is one thing but fast-track to start shooting in a couple of months usually leads to subpar results.

KingOfMelnibone 6/12/2009 7:27:15 AM

I liked what he did with Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well and prefer it over the original (Jessica Biel helps alot) but totally forgot he did Pathfinder.... wow did that suck. Off subject: Has anyone seen "The Outlander"? I'm curious as to whether to pick it up or just netflix it. I trust my fellow maniacs more than I trust my friends when it comes to movies.

Anyways, what Nispel did with TCM, haven't seen Friday The 13th yet, he could fill in as a nice replacement for John Milius as far as look. Just hella excited that Ratner, even though I like him doing buddy films, isn't attached any longer.

todd890 6/12/2009 8:16:56 AM

I knew he did all three it's just I haven't seen any of them, working in a theatre helps a little.

The Outlander looks a little amiture to me but I should cheek it out before I judge it to harshly.

Ratner can do more Rush Hour films for all I care, I lost interest in this guy long ago after he ruined X-men 3. I want to see Bryan come back for that, and fix that third film baddly.

violator14 6/12/2009 10:11:36 AM


Hobbs 6/12/2009 2:59:38 PM

Is this the same script that Mania previewed months ago?  If they stick with that I would be willing to give a slasher director a shot at something like this.  Jackson and Rami started out in horror as well.  HOWEVER, if they don't go with the script and write a "Sahara" type of movie it's going to blow junks!

Whitelotuspriest 6/12/2009 3:21:56 PM

I think Nispel could work very well for Conan. Pathfinder wasn't a great movie at all, but one thing I did like was the look of  the vikings. The armor and everything they wore was some of the best I've seen.

AMiSHPiRATE 6/12/2009 10:34:28 PM

From the Wachaowskis to Rodriguez to Ratner to... a collaboration between the guy who pissed on Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the guys who wrote the anti-brilliance that was Sahara?  I'd rather watch an animated web series about an amish pirate (available now on ) then that load!

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 6/13/2009 12:02:46 PM

The guy who actually made Texas Chainsaw Massacre more watchable.  Hell, yeah. The original was a piece of shit, really.  Bored the hell out of me when I recently watched it.  I think I liked it when I was little but it blows now.  I'm game.  Though I haven't watched Pathfinder.  We'll see.  Man, look at this girl's tits in the the No Credit Card Required ad.

Whiskeymovie 6/14/2009 4:46:34 PM

I have like his movies, even Pathfinder was watchable (being a Swede, I love watching Vikings mess shit up), but he also directing something that ruined an awesome book, which was Dean oontz's Frankenstein. In fact Dean Koontz took his name off of it because he didn't like it......but all that aside, I think he could do a good job with it.



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