I might take flak from those out to bemoan current trends in Hollywood for saying this, but not all remakes are a bad idea. Take Conan the Barbarian, for example. Sure, the fantasy flick from '82 holds a special place in the heart of film geeks of a certain vintage, but set aside the rose-tinted nostalgia glasses and it's kind of clunky. That's why I'm intrigued to see what Millennium Films' forthcoming remake does with the pulp-rooted material.

We knew Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pathfinder) would be ushering in the new Hyborian Age and Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis) is set to fill Arnold Schwarzenegger's loin cloth this time out, but a new change has just taken place behind the scenes. With only three weeks to go before shooting begins, screenwriter Sean Hood (who wrote a horror movie specifically for Nispel called Subterranean that got delayed when Conan moved forward) has been brought in to retool Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer's original script.

In related news, it looks like Conan producers Joe Gatta and Boaz Davidson are angling to finally move forward on their Hercules film. Details are lite on that front, but the Millennium Films duo are currently shopping the Hercules script, also written by Hood, out to directors in the hope that it'll all come together when Conan wraps.

In the meantime, fans will just have to wait and see what kind of vision Nispel and company are bringing to the fantasy realm. I personally think his bold style should fit the property well, but I'm also someone who is unafraid to admit he quite liked both of Nispel's horror remakes for Platinum Dunes. I'm also always eager to admit that Cube 2: Hypercube (yep, Sean Hood again) is one of my favorite straight-to-video films, so a geek like me now has even more reason to look forward to Conan.
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