Friday, January 22, 2010

Momoa Makes The Cut As "Conan"

"Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet..."

Hawaiian-born actor Jason Momoa, who played 'Ronon Dex' in the Vancouver-lensed "Stargate Atlantis" TV series has been cast as the new "Conan".

The film starts mid-March in Bulgaria, with Marcus "Friday The 13th" Nispel directing, from a screenplay by Joshua "Sahara" Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean "Cowboys & Aliens" Donnelly, adapting Conan author Robert E. Howard's "Weird Tales" pulp magazine stories of the 1930's.

Joe Gatta and Avi Lerner of Millennium Films will produce "Conan" with Paradox Entertainment president/CEO Fredrik Malmberg, rights holder of the Robert E. Howard estate.

Millennium is eyeing a potential franchise and R-rating for the sex/violence costume feature, budgeted in the $85 million budget range, for a shoot at Nu Image's Bulgarian Nu Boyana Studio and in South Africa.

"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," said Lerner.

'Conan the Cimmerian' is often associated with the fantasy subgenre 'sword-and-sorcery', created by Howard in 1932. The character has since appeared in licensed books, comics, films, television programs and video games.

'Conan the Barbarian' is also the name of a Gnome Press collection of stories published in 1954, comics published by Marvel and Dark Horse, paperback novels, feature films and a TV series.

Nispel said the look of the film will reflect the paintings of iconic 'Conan' illustrator Frank Frazetta...