In October of 2008 Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked about the studio’s desire to develop a film centered around Dr. Strange. He said, “I’d say in the next year, year and a half, as we start putting together our film slate for 2012 and 2013, I would not be shocked if we saw Dr. Strange on those lists.”

As much as I’d like to see Mr. Feige in ‘shocked’ mode, this isn’t the time. It’s a year and a half later, and Dr. Strange is indeed on active development lists: Marvel has hired Conan screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write a film centered around Marvel’s ‘sorcerer supreme.’ Read More »


You might remember back in June that Sony hired a screenwriter, Kyle Ward, to develop a film based on the PlayStation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  Our friends at LatinoReview are now reporting that Kyle’s deal fell apart at the last minute because Sony were unwilling to wait around, possibly as long as a year, as Ward was contractually obligated to pen Hitman 2.

They have instead hired the writing team Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose screenwriting credits include Sahara, the horrible adaptation of A Sound of Thunder, and the upcoming Dylan Dog adaptation Dead of Night and the Marcus Nispel remake of Conan. Donnelly and Oppenheimer’s produced projects aren’t too impressive, but they must have impressed someone to get attached to Conan and now the fast tracked video game adaptation Drake’s Fortune.

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Marcus Nispel To Direct Conan


Update: Variety has confirmed the story.

My former CHUD colleague Devin Faraci is reporting that Millennium / Nu Image have finalized the search for a Conan director, and the choice is Marcus Nispel, who headed up the re-dos of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th . Devin relies on an unnamed “impeccable source” but he isn’t one to run everything that drops into the inbox. You can treat this as rumor if you’d like until confirmation appears, but Devin’s faith in the source and the story are a good indicator that it is on the money. Is Nispel the right guy for the film? Read More »

Lionsgate Gets Conan

Conan PosterNu Image/Millennium Films has inked a deal with Lionsgate for the North American distribution rights for a new film series based on the Robert E. Howard-created character Conan the Barbarian. The new film will be written by Sahara scribes Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. So if you had any hope for this new action fantasy epic, go rent A Sound of Thunder (or better yet, don’t).

Conan was created long before the original 1982 movie was produced. The original character was created by Robert E. Howard in a series of fantasy pulp stories published in Weird Tales in the 1930s.

When the project was set up at Warner Bros, the studio pitched the project to Matrix creators Larry and Andy Wachowski, and Robert Rodriguez. The studio eventually had to pass on Rodriguez, who was interested, after he quit the Directors Guild of America so he could co-direct Sin City with Frank Miller.

The producers hope to begin production later this year, but a start date will depend on when a screenplay can be completed. And if you didn’t know, the screenwriters are currently on strike. But Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner is currently in discussions to make an individual deal with the WGA similar to the deal made with United Artists.