Xavier Gens to Direct Conan Remake?

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It’s almost a given that the Powers That Be will be putting out a “Conan” remake as soon as possible to cash in on the success of “300” and its ilk; but who will be directing it? Rumor has it that none other than “Hitman” helmer Xavier Gens, which may be a good thing if you liked “Hitman”, or a bad thing if you, well, didn’t.

The rumor (and it’s just a rumor at this point, so no need to get overly excited or overly angry, depending on your preference) comes from FirstShowing, who also says that this latest remake will be more faithful to the Robert E. Howard material, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger, in all probability, will not return as Conan, which would make sense if they’re going the remake route and not the sequel route.

That’s pretty much it about the movie. And oh yeah, a while ago a poster for the film popped up. Obviously you don’t see anyone’s face, as this is one of those “producer’s poster” that is meant to tell you the movie is coming, they just haven’t made it yet.

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  • TJ

    10 years ago, It should have been Vladimir Kulich from 13th Warrior to portray the adventurous Cimmerian Warrior/Thief. Today, it should be Ray Stevenson, from HBO’s ROME series-AWESOME!!! and Punisher:War Zone. Conan, according to Howard, was approximately 7′ tall, raven black hair and agate blue eyes. He was extremely muscular, though built similarly to Tarzan with long muscles and cat like grace and movement. Not bulky and short like Arnold. Conan could run a 40 in about 4.4 secs. Fast or faster than today’s tight ends and wide receivers in football. He would be both an Olympic weightlifter, fencer, wrestler, and boxer who could Gold Medal each. Now, while the odds of finding someone 6’6″ or taller with all of those traits who can also act worth a damn and do AT LEAST 3 movies is probably a stretch, but Ray Stevenson is an excellent actor and big enough with the right look and physical presence to achieve Conan on the big screen. Dominic Purcell, Sam Worthington, Gerard Butler, and a few others are good actors, but not big enough in both HEIGHT(Very Important for true canon CONAN Fans) and physique definition to achieve the character properly. Karl Urban is the Only other actor who I would have considered, though having done Pathfinder and Lord of the Rings, playing another sword bearing character in a “sword & sorcery” genre may not be what he desires. ANd this time, whoever writes it should get the story line straight. Thulsa Doom was dead and dust for over 1000 years when Conan came to the scene. Try Thoth Amon. Also, Conan preferred the broadsword, but rarely did two stories take place that Conan used the same weapon. He would pawn his sword in hard times for women and ale money and pick up others as he came across them; battle axes, short swords-gladius, tomahawks, all sizes of knives and daggers, bow occasionally, scimitars, tulwars, yataghans, machete style “Ilbarsi knives”, etc,. Lets get the story right so that the right person can actually make this a GREAT PIC, not just a something to do on a sunday pic.

  • TJ

    10 years ago, It should have been Vladimir Kulich from 13th Warrior to portray the adventurous Cimmerian Warrior/Thief. Today, it should be Ray Stevenson, from HBO’s ROME series-AWESOME!!! and Punisher:War Zone. Conan, according to Howard, was approximately 7′ tall, raven black hair and agate blue eyes. He was extremely muscular, though built similarly to Tarzan with long muscles and cat like grace and movement. Not bulky and short like Arnold. Conan could run a 40 in about 4.4 secs. Fast or faster than today’s tight ends and wide receivers in football. He would be both an Olympic weightlifter, fencer, wrestler, and boxer who could Gold Medal each. Now, while the odds of finding someone 6’6″ or taller with all of those traits who can also act worth a damn and do AT LEAST 3 movies is probably a stretch, but Ray Stevenson is an excellent actor and big enough with the right look and physical presence to achieve Conan on the big screen. Dominic Purcell, Sam Worthington, Gerard Butler, and a few others are good actors, but not big enough in both HEIGHT(Very Important for true canon CONAN Fans) and physique definition to achieve the character properly. Karl Urban is the Only other actor who I would have considered, though having done Pathfinder and Lord of the Rings, playing another sword bearing character in a “sword & sorcery” genre may not be what he desires. ANd this time, whoever writes it should get the story line straight. Thulsa Doom was dead and dust for over 1000 years when Conan came to the scene. Try Thoth Amon. Also, Conan preferred the broadsword, but rarely did two stories take place that Conan used the same weapon. He would pawn his sword in hard times for women and ale money and pick up others as he came across them; battle axes, short swords-gladius, tomahawks, all sizes of knives and daggers, bow occasionally, scimitars, tulwars, yataghans, machete style “Ilbarsi knives”, etc,. Lets get the story right so that the right person can actually make this a GREAT PIC, not just a something to do on a sunday pic.