"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..."
Directed by Marcus Nispel, "Conan" co-stars Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, Ron Perlman, Said Taghmaoui and Rose McGowan.
Joe Gatta and Avi Lerner of Millennium Films are producing "Conan" along 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 $85 million sex/violence feature, lensing 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 producer Lerner.
'Conan the Cimmerian', often associated with the fantasy subgenre 'sword-and-sorcery', created by Howard in 1932, 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 fantasy paintings of iconic 'Conan' illustrator Frank Frazetta.
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