Seems our site, along with practically everyone else online, was a bit premature in declaring Brett Ratner director of the new Conan reboot. The original Hollywood Reporter article is what first threw folks off, since it claimed Ratner was committed to Conan, then changed their tune to say he's simply in "final negotiations." But even so, there's still a long way to go on the project, which, right now, is in the early stages of development. On whether or not Ratner will actually sign on, producer Avi Lerner (who sent out the original press release announcing Ratner's involvement) told The Los Angeles Times that they "still have a few obstacles. Brett is only committed if we agree on a budget, on how to do the special effects and exactly where we'd shoot the film."

Ratner, on the other hand, is pretty peeved news leaked out this early in the game. He says, "Let me make this very clear: I am not doing Conan now. This is totally premature. For now, Conan is only a development deal. I have a deal at Paramount and I'm doing Beverly Hills Cop first, no matter what. Avi shouldn't be telling you or anyone else in the press what I'm doing." Talk about getting off on the right foot.

Meanwhile, in happy-go-lucky land, Lerner says they're "looking for a younger Arnold Schwarzenegger" for the part of Conan; someone they "could sign to a three-or-four-picture deal." As to whether the Governor would take a role, Lerner claims he offered Ahnold $1 million to do a one-day cameo, but didn't get a 'yes' just yet. Schwarzenegger did say to "Wait two years for me -- I'll be coming back." Well, I guess we know who'll be showing up in the next Terminator flick, right?
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