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Posted: August 13th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain have been hired to rework the script for "Conan" for Lionsgate. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) wrote earlier drafts of the film.

The movie is a potential resurrection of the classic warrior created by Robert E. Howard, who has appeared in dozens of pulp stories published in the 1930s. In 1982, Oliver Stone and John Milius wrote a bloody adaptation, which Milius also directed, that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"We all want this movie to go into production as soon as possible," said CEO and president of Paradox Entertainment Fredrik Malmberg. "It's a fast-tracked movie. Lionsgate felt the process was enhanced by having a second team come in and do a script."

Much like with "Batman Begins," the studio hopes to redraw the Conan feature universe to produce a new, post-millennial franchise. So rather than remake the Schwarzenegger bloodfest, the writers have gone back to Howard's original stories to create a $100 million R-rated origin film, the largest production to date for Lionsgate and Millennium.

"Fans expect (these types of movies) to be more true to the source material," Malmberg said. "There's no reason there couldn't be a Conan movie every two years. He's almost like Batman: He's a dark hero. He's a hard hero. He has to be badass, but we also have to like him."

Blackman and McCain recently co-wrote the science fiction actioner "Outlander," which McCain also directed. They are also credited with writing "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," due out next year.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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