New Line To Nab Conan Rights?

New Line Cinema is in the lead to take over the “Conan the Barbarian” franchise reports Variety.

Warner Bros. Pictures lost the film rights a few weeks ago to Robert E. Howard’s mythical conqueror series after seven years of assorted failed attempts to resurrect the property.

Larry and Andy Wachowski, original “Conan” director John Milius, Robert Rodriguez and Boaz Yakin were all hired for their takes which varied between the original film and the more pulpy novels in tone.

If New Line makes the deal, said to be an 18-month term with one extension, the studio will have to start from scratch as Warners owns the various drafts it developed.