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.