Ratner takes up Conan?
Brett Ratner is being rumoured as taking the helm on the new Conan film, the one that goes back to the original stories and recreates the life of Conan.
While the news that the restart of the franchise is being welcomed, the suggestion that Ratner could take up the position is not, and yet I would have thought this would have been more suited for the director.
There's no real hard and fast confirmation of Brett Ratner directing Conan, just a passing comment that seems to suggest that he's in there. It comes from AICN through /Film, and with it the point of view that is sweeping the interflab right behind it, a big resounding "oh dear".
However I think that might be a little unfair. Ratner's X-Men film, X-Men: The Last Stand (Filmstalker review) wasn't exactly terrible. Sure it wasn't earth shattering and superb, but it was good and had some nice turns to it. It wasn't all bad.
Also we have to consider what Conan really is, it's about a barbarian on ancient Earth. Come on now we're not looking for deep and complex plots and layered dialogue with subtle undertones fo intent. Surely even the overly negative image of Ratner could deliver something decent here, surely? I mean how complex and difficult a script is Conan and how complex are the characters really?
Even so, Ratner isn't such a bad director that he couldn't handle Conan the film?