Marcus Nispel Helming “Conan” Remake

CHUD initially reported, and Variety later confirmed, a scoop indicating that “Friday the 13th” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake director Marcus Nispel is getting behind another remake – “Conan the Barbarian”.

Nispel will direct the new ‘Conan’ for Nu Image/Millennium Films & Lionsgate which begins production later this year in Bulgaria and South Africa.

Nispel says he will blend 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 “Apocalypto”.

The Robert E. Howard-created barbarian was first adapted onscreen with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982. The reboot hass been in development for nearly a decade.

Avi Lerner, Fredrick Malmberg and Joe Gatta are producing.