It’s official, fanboy-hated “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” helmer Brett Ratner is in final negotiations to direct the remake of “Conan the Barbarian” for Nu Image/Millennium and Lionsgate says The Hollywood Reporter.
Ratner hopped onboard the $85 million project, the first in what the studio hopes to be a long-running franchise, and at the same time will push forward on a forth installment of the Eddie Murphy franchise “Beverly Hills Cop”.
Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly’s “Conan” script adheres closer to Robert E. Howard’s original 1930’s pulp fiction stories about the famous warrior than the previous two 1980’s films which turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into a star. The scribes are now doing a polish to include some last minute ideas from Ratner.
Producer Avi Lerner says “The story opens on the battlefield where Conan is born and tells the origin story that sets the stage for what will be the first of multiple films.”
Ratner intends to keep the “very R-rated approach” of the material, with production to take place next year at Nu Image’s Nu Boyana Studio in Bulgaria for an early 2010 release.