Zombie to direct Conan?
Rumour is out that Rob Zombie is in talks to direct the remake of Conan the Barbarian, and this is from the man who said he would never do remakes, and then remade Halloween. Seems like he's trying to break that rule again.
However, and let's be fair here, this film is going to go back to the source novel and faithfully recreate it. Well that's the idea, but will that be the case with Zombie directing?
You'll maybe remember the great story I wrote about Zombie's u-turn on remakes, where he now famously said the following about a director doing a remake:
“I feel it's the worst thing that any filmmaker can do...
...I actually got a call from my agent and they asked me if I wanted to be involved with the remake of Chainsaw. I said no [expletive removed] way! Those movies are perfect- you're only going to make yourself look like an asshole by remaking them. Go remake something that's a piece of shit and make it good. Like with my movie I have elements of Chainsaw in it because I love that movie so much, but I wouldn't dare want to 'remake' it. It's like a band trying to be another band. You can sound like the Beatles but you can't be the Beatles.”
Then came Halloween, and although it had some strong elements to it, the original still stands proud and critics weren't really that favourable of his version.
So now there's word from Bloody Disgusting through Rope in Silicon that he's in talks to remake Conan the Barbarian, but I guess with word spin, as was the case with Halloween which was called a reboot or a restart, this film isn't really a remake as they are going back to the source material.
Yeah, it's still a remake.
We've heard several rumours on the go, the latest being that Xavier Gans was in talks for directing, and before that Gerard Butler was rumoured to be starring as the barbarian. Still we need to see a script from the film, and that can happen since New Line has a deal with the Writers Guild of America.