A few days back, Empire Magazine found out that Brett Ratner was no longer to direct the remake of Conan, news which likely would have filled the hearts of many a Conan fan in the known world.
Now, as if to turn the knife a little further in, CHUD has reported that James McTeigue, the director of the truly abominable V for Vendetta and the man who shoved Oliver Hischbirgel (The Experiment and Downfall) out the way on The Invasion, has apparently been tapped to take on the adapation in place of the Rat.
McTeigue, for those blissfully unfamiliar, is a protege of the Wachowski brothers and worked as the first AD to the brothers on The Matrix (genius) and the two sequels (oh dear).
The source quoted by Devin Faraci on CHUD claims this move could see the budget of the film cut quite heavily owing to the disappearance of the oddly bankable Ratner.
He notes the budget for McTeigue’s next film, Ninja Assassin, is around $50 million while the budget on V for Vendetta was $54 million. This contrasts to Ratner’s budget of $120 million or so to do Conan, a number which does seem ridiculously high anyway.
I cannot imagine a way in which this could be a good thing but, having watched the original Conan movies in the past few months, can attest that they don’t quite live up to the nostalgia they seem to have nurture.
Even so, after getting rid of superhack Ratner, I would have hoped for a smarter move than bringing in a Wachowski acolyte who managed to make an Alan Moore adaptation worse than From Hell.