Die archivierten Nachrichten aus der Rubrik "Aktuelles"...
Wie Latino Review ist an den Gerüchten - laut denen Roland Kickinger der neue "Conan" sein wird - nix dran...
[...] I have a super solid source at both Lionsgate and Millenium and they laughed their asses off!
Folks, Lionsgate hasn't even hired a casting director yet! [...]
Im Risky Business Blog steht zu lesen, wer der neue "Conan"-Darsteller sein soll...
Lionsgate and Nu Image/Millennium, the two companies behind the Conan reboot, might have found their new Conan -- and he bears striking similarities to the old Conan.
The companies are in talks with a 41-year-old Austrian actor named Roland Kickinger to play the title role that Arnold Schwarzenegger made famous in the 1982 classic "Conan the Barbarian."
There are more than a few eerie parallels between the personalities.
Like Schwarzenegger, Kickinger is a bodybuilder- turned-actor from the Central European country.
Like the California governor, he also had a role as a T-800 in the "Terminator" franchise (in Warner Bros.' current "Terminator Salvation").
And in a you-can't-make-this-stuff-up turn, Kickinger actually played a Conan-era version of Schwarzenegger in "See Arnold Run," the 2005 A&E biopic about the actor-turned-politician.
Universal’s original "Conan," which vaulted Schwarzenegger to fame and a slew of action tentpoles, follows a man who seeks revenge on the person who sold him into slavery.
Few details on the new pic have been revealed, though the character is expected to be given a polish, with the filmmakers drawing influences from more recent action pics. Shooting will begin in the fall at Avi Lerner’s Bulgaria-based studio. Marcus Nispel, who helmed New Line’s "Friday the 13th" reboot, is set to direct.
No word on whether Arnold will make a cameo -- or on whether Kickinger will run for governor.
Marcus Nispel has been set by Nu Image/Millennium Films to direct "Conan," ending a nine-year development ordeal to reinvent the Robert E. Howard-created barbarian first immortalized onscreen by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982.
Production on the remake is set to start late this year in Bulgaria and South Africa. Nu Image/Millennium is making the film in a co-production with Lionsgate. Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta are producing with Fredrick Malmberg. Malmberg runs Paradox, the company that holds the rights to "Conan" and the other hero franchises in the Howard library.
The film will be the most financially ambitious ever for Lerner, with a script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose credits include "Sahara" and "Cowboys and Aliens."
Paradox originally set the project at Warner Bros. but declined to ink a new rights deal after numerous unsuccessful attempts to make it with directors like Larry and Andy Wachowski and Robert Rodriguez. Malmberg then set it with Lerner in a seven-figure deal with strong progress to production stipulations. Lerner flirted with Brett Ratner last year, but the filmmaker could not commit in a timely fashion and Lerner couldn't wait.
That opened the door for Nispel, who'll make "Conan" his third redo, after "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Friday the 13th." For Nispel, "Conan" is a job he has dreamed about since his childhood.
Nispel said he will blend his childhood imaginings of the character with the influence of the famous Conan illustrations by Frank Frazetta, and the influence of such viscerally violent period films as Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto."
"Conan" maintains a following through such ancillary properties as a Dark Horse comicbook series, a vidgame for Xbox 360 and a Funcom/Eidos multiplayer online role-playing game. [...]
Latino Review weiss um einen weiteren möglichen Regisseur für "Conan"...
Earlier today, Devin over at CHUD reported that James McTeigue, Neil Marshall and Christophe Gans were candidates for directing Conan at Lionsgate.
Although those three names are candidates, they're actually now at the lower tier.
It's true, Marcus Nispel is a contender...
...but he is actually Lionsgate's 2nd choice.
According to a trusted source, you know who is actually the top contender that Lionsgate wanted originally and is now back in the fold?
Joanou directed such films as State of Grace, Final Analysis, and most recently Gridiron Gang. Joanou also directed one of my favorite films from back in the day - Three O' Clock High.
Lionsgate is really gung ho on the guy and feel that he can deliver the barbaric hard R that the studio wants and the fans expect.
Lionsgate wants to lock down a director as soon as possible because Conan is a top priority for the studio and they want to start prepping the movie to shoot this year. [...]
In Michael Bassett's Blog schrieb der Regisseur über "Conan"...
A few people have said I should throw my hat in the ring for the new Conan movie. My hat has always been in the ring for Conan but no one cared. I’d LOVE to take on the big guy. Up until now there would have been just no chance. And, to be honest, I still think there’s no chance. Kane has hardly been seen by anyone yet and though Harry’s review is amazingly generous, a single review doesn’t quite get me through that particular door. Having said that, I did sit down with an exec at Lionsgate earlier in the year and mention how interested I was but that was when Bret Ratner was still attached. The exec was great guy, listened politely and was clearly very keen to make a good Conan pic. Truth is, to do it well it needs a big budget and since you’re probably going to have to go with a relative unknown for the lead you need a director who has a track record and brings a big budget. But I know you can do amazing things for not much money, so long as you plan properly, have a good team and loads of passion - when you see Kane, you’ll know what I mean.
Conan is an amazing character occupying a fabulous world - the design of the creatures, places and landscapes alone would be so much fun - and the fights, oh dear god the fights... A proper Conan pic would be a dream come true but I don’t think it’s going to be me bringing it to you. Devin at CHUD hears James McTeague is in line for the gig, so we’ll see. [...]
Wie Empire Online meldet, ist Brett Ratner wohl höchstwahrscheinlich raus als Regisseur der anstehenden Neuverfilmung, die bereits einen (noch offenen) Termin für den Drehstart hat...
Empire magazine spoke to Conan and Red Sonja producer Joe Gatta today, and he had a few revelations to share about the upcoming films. Most importantly, it appears that Brett Ratner is currently off Conan, which he was expected to direct.
"We’re currently in the process of hiring a director," he told us. "For the past six months we were discussing the movie with Brett Ratner, and for more timing issues than anything else we had to part ways with Brett. We all wanted him to do it, believe me; just the timing didn’t work. But you never know what can happen."
That last comment would appear to leave the door open for a return for Ratner, should his schedule free up (he's currently got about 12 films on his To Do list) but for the moment he's off the project. Still, that hasn't dented Gatta's determination.
"We have a potential start-date on Conan of August 24. And we’ll be shooting in Bulgaria. I would say though the emphasis is on Conan [rather than Red Sonja]. It’s our crown jewel here at the company and that will be the leader. Red Sonja probably won’t happen until next year, as far as making it goes. So we want to launch Conan and reinvent the franchise."
As for the hiring of Conan himself, you might want to start pumping some serious iron: Gatta says that, "We’ll have an open casting call: as soon as we hire our director the search is on." [...]
Wie die LA Times meldet, scheint Brett Ratner doch noch nicht als Regisseur festzustehen...
[...] Lerner acknowledged that even though he sent out a press release announcing Ratner's involvement with the project, the deal wasn't actually done. "We still have a few obstacles," he said. "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." Lerner has a studio in Bulgaria, so he'd like to shoot most of the movie there, with some exterior work in China.
But is Ratner actually committed to doing the film? In two words: Not really. When I called him today, he sounded somewhat agitated, unhappy that news of his negotiations with Lerner had surfaced, especially since he is extremely close to getting a green light from Paramount to make "Beverly Hills Cop 4." "Let me make this very clear," he told me. "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." [...]
When I asked Lerner who he was hoping to get to play Conan, he said, "To be honest, we're looking for a younger Arnold Schwarzenegger, someone we could sign to a three- or four-picture deal, because I see this as a real long-term franchise." Did he ever approach the governor about the part? "I saw Arnold in Las Vegas at the premiere of 'Rambo,' " Lerner says. "He said, 'Wait two years for me--I'll be coming back.' But I can't wait that long." Lerner says he offered Schwarzenegger $1 million just to do a one-day cameo in the picture.
"I told him we could even shoot the scene in Sacramento," Lerner recalls. "He was smiling, but he didn't say yes. Maybe he can't take the money while he's still governor. That's OK, if he can't take the money, I'd donate it to a charity or give it to a school that needs the money." Lerner laughs. "Don't worry--I'll approach him again. I don't give up that easily."
Who would you rather spend a year with: Axel Foley or Conan the Cimmerian?
This has been director Brett Ratner's dilemma for the past few weeks, as he weighed two high-profile projects: Paramount's fourth installment of the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise and a 21st century take on "Conan" co-produced by Nu Image/Millennium and Lionsgate Films.
By the end of Friday, Ratner had made his choice. He has committed to take on literature's most famous barbarian and is in final negotiations to helm the picture, which is aiming for a release in early 2010. Eddie Murphy and the Pointer Sisters will have to wait.
Ratner jived to the "Conan" script by Gersh-repped Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, who looked to Robert E. Howard's original pulp stories of the 1930s to create their take on the character. The writers are doing a quick polish to incorporate some of Ratner's ideas.
Joe Gatta and Avi Lerner of Millennium Films are producing, along with Paradox Entertainment president and CEO Fredrik Malmberg.
Meanwhile, Paramount -- eyeing the successful fourth-installment resurrections of the long-dormant "Die Hard" and "Indiana Jones" franchises -- has been gunning to get Detroit's funniest cop back on the streets for a summer 2010 release with Ratner behind the camera. Much-wanted "Wanted" scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas recently turned in a script so the filmmakers could take advantage of a small scheduling window open for perpetually-working star Murphy.
Ratner will remain involved with the development of "BHC IV."
As for the brawny brigand, Millennium and Lionsgate are eyeing a potential franchise and envision a very R-rated approach in the $85 million budget range. Preproduction is under way for a shoot at Nu Image's Nu Boyana Studio in Bulgaria.
"The story opens on the battlefield where Conan is born and tells the origin story that sets the stage for what will be the first of multiple films," Lerner said. "This is a coup for Millennium Films and proves that our choice of projects and material is attracting much higher-profile directors and actors."
Oliver Stone and John Milius wrote the surly fictional thief's first screen incarnation, "Conan the Barbarian," which Milius also directed in 1982. A jokier, less blood-and-boob-heavy sequel, "Conan the Destroyer," destroyed the character's franchise chances in 1984 by aiming for a PG-13 rating.
Oppenheimer and Donnelly also wrote "Sahara" and "A Sound of Thunder," and they have "Airborn" in development at Universal, with Stephen Sommers attached to direct.
Ratner, repped by CAA, most recently directed "Rush Hour 3" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."
Wie AICN meldet, scheint nun doch Brett Ratner die erste Wahl für den Regiestuhl zu sein...
Latino Review meldet...
[...] First of all, let’s take a chill pill.
Brett Ratner was NOT offered the gig on directing Conan.
All it was, was a meeting.
You see Nu Image is meeting with everyone in town.
They took a meeting with Brett Ratner.
But guess what?
They also met with Neil Marshall, James McTeigue, The Strause Brothers, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
This I will tell you...You know who else they met with and really want to take the gig?
The problem with Rodriguez is a scheduling issue, he’s booked solid.
They are also going to meet with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
So don’t go and get excited folks, all Nu Image is doing is taking meetings with directors, hearing different takes, and seeing how things pan out.
But as it stands, no one has been offered the job... YET. [...]
[...] We got word today that Nu Image is offering the long-awaited new Conan movie to, of all people, Brett Ratner. Over the years there have been so directors circling this project, everyone from Robert Rodriguez to Rob Zombie, the fact that Brett Ratner might actually attach himself to this and make it a reality is almost enough to make one wish they’d just stop trying to bring Robert E. Howard’s creation back to the big screen.
We’ll wait until we get some more solid details on this before giving up completely, but if Ratner does get it, I think it’ll be pretty clear that Nu Image doesn’t give a single hell what the fans want to see from a new Conan movie. How could they possibly think he'd be able to do a movie like this any justice? What films has he directed that indicate this would be a good fit?
Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain are trying to corner the market on sword-swinging fantasy adventures.
Blackman and McCain have been hired to rework the script for "Conan," as in the barbarian, for Lionsgate. And the writing team's action-adventure screenplay "Amazon," an epic about female warriors to which Scarlett Johansson has been attached, is sailing out of turnaround toward Lionsgate as well, with Neal Moritz and his Original Film banner coming on to produce once the deal is completed.
Director searches are under way for both.
CEO and president of Paradox Entertainment Fredrik Malmberg is producing the "Conan" feature along with Boaz Davidson, Joe Gatta and Avi Lerner of Millennium Films.
Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer ("Sahara") wrote earlier drafts of the film, a potential resurrection of the classic warrior created by Robert E. Howard in dozens of pulp stories published in the 1930s. In 1982, Oliver Stone and John Milius wrote a bloody adaptation, which Milius also directed, that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"We all want this movie to go into production as soon as possible," Malmberg said. "It's a fast-tracked movie. Lionsgate felt the process was enhanced by having a second team come in and do a script."
Much like with "Batman Begins," the studio hopes to redraw the Conan feature universe to produce a new, post-millennial franchise. So rather than remake the Schwarzenegger bloodfest, the writers have gone back to Howard's original stories to create a $100 million R-rated origin film, the largest production to date for Lionsgate and Millennium.
"Fans expect (these types of movies) to be more true to the source material," Malmberg said. "There's no reason there couldn't be a Conan movie every two years. He's almost like Batman: He's a dark hero. He's a hard hero. He has to be badass, but we also have to like him."
Blackman and McCain, repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion, recently co-wrote the science fiction actioner "Outlander," which McCain also directed. It screens Friday at the Locarno film festival. They also are credited writers on "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," due out next year.
Bei GameTrailers.com gibt es neue Videos zum Online-Action-RPG "Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures" für Windows-PC...
[...] Hitman helmer Xavier Gens recently confirmed for IGN that he had indeed met with the producers about helming Conan, but sources close to the production told us that Gens is just one of several contenders in the running for the job. Also, Gens' commitment to making Vanikoro his next film might prevent him from landing the job as the producers and distributor Lionsgate are intent on starting production later this year.
IGN has now confirmed a rumor first reported by Bloody-Disgusting.com that musician-filmmaker Rob Zombie (Halloween, The Devil's Rejects) has met with the producers about directing Conan. Our source advised us, however, that no one will be hired until the script is finished.
Our insider also exclusively informed IGN that, in addition to Gens and Zombie, the producers have met with British filmmaker Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) about directing Conan. [...]
[...] we have confirmed 100% that Rob Zombie has been taking meetings with Lionsgate and Nu Image to get behind the director's chair for their upcoming Conan film! In my humble opinion I think this is fantastic news as I'd love to see Zombie depart from direct horror for a bit and show us what he can do outside of the genre. The first film, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, really could use a companion piece and I think adding a darker element to the mix could be pretty awesome. We'll let you know if anything becomes signed [...]
Nu Image/Millennium Films has made a North American distribution rights deal with Lionsgate for a new film series based on the Robert E. Howard-created character Conan the Barbarian.
The first film will be written by the team of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer ("Sahara," "Cowboys & Aliens").
Pic will be produced by Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Joe Gatta, Paradox Entertainment's Fredrick Malmberg, George Furla and Henry Winterstern. Trevor Short and Dimbort are exec producers.
Pic is earmarked to begin production later this year, but the start date will depend on the resolution of the writers strike. Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner confirmed that he is in discussions to make a WGA deal akin to those brokered with United Artists and the Weinstein Co. Such a pact would speed up the process.
"It's a possibility, though I haven't studied it enough to make a final decision," Lerner told Daily Variety. "The whole strike is stupid, in my opinion. They approached us, indirectly, to make some kind of deal, and we are looking at it."
Though the original film series dates back far enough that it launched the star of current California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the property maintains a strong brand awareness through ancillary properties that include a Dark Horse comicbook series, a vidgame for Xbox 360 and a Funcom/Eidos multiplayer online role-playing game that was just touted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Lionsgate, which has also been rumored to have been courted by the WGA, hasn't commented on its plans. But Nu Image/Millennium founders Lerner and Danny Dimbort are the ones fully financing a film that Lerner anticipates will cost around $100 million. It is by far the most fiscally ambitious film he and Dimbort have undertaken.
Lerner said the Lionsgate deal came out of a strong working relationship developed through the Sylvester Stallone-directed actioner "Rambo" [...]
Malmberg made a seven-figure deal with Millennium after he declined to renew Warner Bros.' option on the Conan property after seven years. Gatta, who once repped the property as an agent before moving to Millennium as an exec, courted Malmberg for a deal that contains strict progress-to-production provisions.
Der TV-Sender ZDF zeigt heute um 1.00 Uhr "Conan - Der Barbar"...
Bei CS! gibt es ein Teaser-Poster zum kommenden "Conan"-Film von Millennium Films...
Bei GameTrailers.com gibt es neue Videos zu THQ's Actionspiel "Conan"...
Bei DemoNews gibt es den lesenswerten "GC-First-Look: Age of Conan"...
Millennium Films has acquired the rights to make a new series of films based on Robert E. Howard's mythical conqueror Conan the Barbarian.
Paradox Entertainment president-CEO Fredrik Malmberg chose Millennium after extricating the rights from Warner Bros. last spring and putting them on the market with strict progress-to-production provisions in mid-June.
Malmberg will produce with Millennium's Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Joe Gatta and George Furla. Millennium either will fully finance or partner with a distributor, with discussions to begin this week.
The company's aim is to start production by next spring.
The franchise that launched the film career of Arnold Schwarzenegger in its first big screen go-round.
Millennium is in production on the Al Pacino-Robert De Niro starrer Righteous Kill and the Sylvester Stallone starrer John Rambo, but the Conan movie will be the most ambitious project it has mounted.
The new version will be more faithful to Howard's original creation than were the Schwarzenegger films.
Weeks after Warner Bros. lost the rights to Conan the Barbarian, New Line has moved into prime position to make a movie based on Robert E. Howard's mythical conqueror.
After posting a bid of mid-six against seven figures for an 18-month option with one extension, the studio entered into negotiations after CAA staged an auction for rights holder Paradox Entertainment. The property drew the interest of several studios and monied producers including Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari and Millennium Films.
Strong interest in Conan was attributed to the strong showing of the macho sandal saga "300."
Several potential buyers blinked at an initial asking price of $1 million for a year option, with another $1 million for each year's renewal. Studios are sensitive to ticking clock options, particularly when potential writers and actors strikes next year has them putting their resources into films that can be completed before next June.
Reinventing Conan didn't come easy for WB, which spent the last seven years trying for a film that veered from the testosterone-laced beefcake fests that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger to something more reverential toward Howard's original pulp novels.
Larry and Andy Wachowski, John Milius (who directed the original and wrote the script with Oliver Stone) and Robert Rodriguez took turns developing it. Rodriguez got closest but left the project for "Grindhouse." Boaz Yakin was hired last year to start again.
Warners had a spring deadline to be in production but balked because it didn't have a script in which it was confident. Paradox, which had extended its original option agreement three times, declined another extension.
"We have great respect for Warner Bros., but after seven years, we came to the point where we needed to see progress to production," Paradox's Fredrik Malmberg told Daily Variety.
WB, meanwhile, filled the breach with a deal to turn "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" into a live-action film.
If New Line makes the deal, the studio will have to start from scratch, as Warners owns the various drafts it developed.
Unter ConanRedNails.com gibt es den letzten Stand in Sachen "Conan"-Zeichentrickfilm - von Steve Gold...
[...] You will see an R rated RED NAILS. There will also be a mass-market PG-13 cut and an UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT. What you can expect in every cut is amazing art, an epic story and great performances. The entire voice cast was amazing!
RON PERLMAN IS CONAN - -
The Cimmerian came to life as Ron spoke.
If you get anything out of this blog, I want you have a sense of the joy and wonder, the total rush we all felt in that recording studio as Ron yelled, growled and roared.
His CONAN was powerful, gritty, tough, smart, nasty and heroic.
Everything you'd expect him to be. Thank you Ron, you're the best. And he'll be CONAN for years to come! [...]
Bei DemoNews gibt es neues Video-Material zum MMORPG "Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures"...
Nihilistic gibt in der amerikanischen Game Informer die Entwicklung des Actionspiels Conan für PS3 und Xbox 360 bekannt. Es basiert auf den gleichnamigen Kinofilmen mit Arnold Schwarzenegger und hat 24 Levels.
In den Schwertkämpfen kommt eine dynamische künstliche Intelligenz zum Einsatz, die Angriffsarten und Combos des Spielers lernt und entsprechend reagiert. Mehr als zwanzig Waffen sowie über einhundert Kampfmanöver sind geplant. Release: 2008 (USA)
Kabel 1 zeigt heute um 22.10 Uhr "Conan - Der Zerstörer"... Die Wiederholung läuft um 3.00 Uhr...
Schon vor etlichen Monaten deutete Entwickler Funcom an, dass man das kommende PC - Online-Spiel Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures auch für die Xbox 360 umsetzen könnte und nun wurde es offiziell bestätigt: Eine "NextGen"-Konsolen-Version ist in Arbeit.
Während die PC-Fassung Anfang 2007 erscheinen soll, hat man mit der Entwicklung der Xbox 360 - Version erst begonnen. Entsprechend gibt es noch keine genauen Details z.B. über die speziellen Features der Konsolen-Umsetzung.
Zur Erinnerung: Age of Conan entführt euch in ein Fantasy-Reich, das im bekannten Conan-Universum angesiedelt ist. Die PC-Version soll durch DirectX10-Support (Windows Vista) optisch faszinieren, aber auch spielerisch begeistern. Hier verspricht man uns facettenreiche Online-Abenteuer, ein umfangreiches Gildensystem sowie actionreiche bzw. brutale Kämpfe. Mit etwas Glück können PC- und Xbox 360 - Spieler gemeinsam die Welten erkunden.
CS! berichtet über die "Conan"-Neuverfilmung...
Warner Bros. Pictures has set Boaz Yakin to write and potentially direct Conan the Barbarian, a new take on the Robert E. Howard-created character, reports Variety.
The studio is eyeing an early 2007 production start for the film, which will be produced by Irving Azoff, Jon Jashni, Richard Alexander and Akiva Goldsman. Peter Sederowsky and Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertainment, the intellectual property company that controls rights to the Howard estate, executive produce.
Yakin, best known for writing and directing Fresh and for directing Remember the Titans, has been a fan of the Howard series since childhood and came up with a take that impressed the studio.
Yakin's concept is more faithful to the Howard story than were the two Dino De Laurentiis-produced "Conan" films that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the sword-wielding conqueror.
The online rumor mill was buzzing recently with stories about the Wachowski brothers returning to not only produce the long-dormant next Conan movie, but to write and direct it and a second installment as well. There were even rumors that Warner Bros. was lining up Arnold Schwarzenegger to reprise the title role and to make Conan the first film once he finishes his political career.
A rep for Warner Bros., however, was quick to give fans a reality check, advising TheArnoldFans.com, "All the talk about Arnold Schwarzenegger being in two more Conan films is premature at this point. First, Governor Schwarzenegger has to finish off his term and then he can announce what his plans are."
"The only thing I can tell you at this time is that the WB does want more than one Conan film since the property is seen as a franchise which has spawned toys, comic books, video games etc. I can also tell you that if Arnold wants to make two more Conan films, we will gladly make that deal happen." [...]
If Arnold should lose or not serve a second term as California Governor, TheArnoldFans is told by a couple of different sources that a big Conan sequel is not yet out of the question!
Arnold will have a big offer on the table and it's for the one film that could become his biggest box-office smash of all times: CONAN!
First, a close source in a tight Schwarzenegger circle told us that a Conan film is still considered and now a source close to Jeff Robinov, president of the WB film division tells us this:
"I can't say much but Jeff Robinov is definitely hoping that Arnold looses the race for a 2nd term as governor so he can make his place back into feature films with KING CONAN. The film might not even be called KING CONAN anymore and instead go back to CONAN THE CONQUEROR. The title KING CONAN sounds like a finale and that's not what Warner Bros. wants."
"If Arnold looses the next term, the WB wants the new Conan epic shooting on a grueling gorilla schedule around the clock starting March 2007 for a December 2007 release date. If Spielberg can do it for WAR OF THE WORLDS it can be done."
[...] Conan wird erstmals als Zeichentrickfigur in der Produktion von Swordplay Entertainment "Conan: Red Nails" in Erscheinung treten [...] Die in zwei Filmen von Arnold Schwarzenegger verkörperte Figur des Conan wird nun von Ron Perlman gesprochen. Die Rechteinhaber der Conan-Figur, Paradox Entertainment sind ebenfalls an der Produktion unter der Regie von Victor Dal Chele beteiligt. [...]
Though Arnold Schwarzenegger's got too much else on his plate to take up sword-fighting again - Warner still want to bring "Conan the Barbarian" back to the multiplex.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Warners production president Jeff Robinov, who with director Chris Nolan has successfully reinvented the "Batman" franchise, says he's hoping to do the same with the "Conan" franchise.
Waiting for a "Conan" script from an unnamed action writer-director (rumoured to be Robert Rodriguez), Robinov is committed to producing the film within the next year.
"I love the character," says Robinov, who is going back to two of the original stories. "It all depends on how the character is realized and the execution of the movie. You hope to satisfy the fan base and the broader audience. There has always been a fan base for the Conan character. So many years have gone by. You have to get to the core of who the Conan character was. It's like catching mercury."
Before that though, the character - originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Conan the Barbarian" (1982) - will be inked for the home video market.
The first animated "Conan" movie, Swordplay Entertainment's $4.5 million 2-D/3-D "Conan: Red Nails" is in production and set for summer 2006 release by New Line Home Entertainment.
The news is sad but true, King Milius was given his walking papers by WB. TheArnoldFans put a call into the Milius Camp on Friday morning in hopes to lay all of these rumors to rest.
Not only did we receive the confirmation that Robert Rodriguez has been given the opportunity to direct a NEW CONAN in few years - but we also learned Milius and company were clearing out there desks! They are leaving WB once and for all. John Milius had a 5 year contract to be on the WB lot, however, after WB gave Conan away to Rodriguez, they decided they did not need Milius and kicked him off the lot without renewing his contract.
The director of the greatest Arnold film of all times is now heading over to the CBS lot to write for a new Western series called "Dodge City".
Naturally, Milius is almost as pissed off as the true Conan fans! We all believe WB and Rodriguez will give us comic violence and an over-the-top popcorn film like "The Scorpion King" instead of a dramatic masterpiece epic that Milius had in store for Conan fans.
If Rodriguez can lure Arnold to his film, it will remain King Conan but will have an ALL NEW script. Otherwise we can expect an ALL NEW Conan... full of cartoon violence to make us laugh. Sigh. Dead forever is the Milius "King Conan" script! [...]
Funcom recently announced that they were developing Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures. The game is set in the legendary universe of Robert E. Howard, where Conan has become king of Aquilonia. While the potential for a game that concentrated on sodomy and hedonism of wine and orgies is vast, the player is instead cast in the role of a warrior trying to save humanity from evil both hideous and vast. Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures will apparently feature real time combat, and will even let players direct NPC and PC troops on the battlefield.
"I have always been a huge fan of Conan and his Hyborian universe, and to direct this game is a dream come true," said Game Director Gaute Godager, one of Funcom's founders and Game Director of Anarchy Online and the heralded masterpiece Anarchy Online - Shadowlands. "We are truly trying to make this the ultimate representation of Conan's world, and we are filling it with features never before seen in an online game. Have you not felt the urge when a great single-player RPG ends to have your character live on and interact with other fellow travelers? To enter an even greater world? This is that opportunity, to have a detailed RPG all about you, your choices and your character, and if you win -- to share that victory at an even greater stage."
"This is the first time fans will be able to experience Conan's incredible world first-hand, and be in awe at the scope of it," said Fredrik Malmberg, Head of licensing and Creative Affairs at Conan Properties International. "The game is incredibly true to the works of Conan creator Robert E. Howard, who envisioned a violent, visceral world akin to a volcano about to erupt."
Malmberg then added, "Heads will roll."
IESB sprach auf der "Blade: Trinity"-Premiere mit Triple H...
[...] we were able to ask Triple H on his feelings regarding Conan and what else he might have planned for in the future. He does admit speaking to John Milius about the project and that he has read a couple of treatments of the script.
If I were a betting man , I would put my money on this horse. It does seem like Triple H will be the next Conan. [...]
Laut IGNFF steht die Finanzierung für "King Conan"...
[...] Milius is currently in Turkey where he has secured full funding for King Conan. If that's the case, that would mean Warner Brothers would only have to distribute the film rather than finance it.
We were also advised that Milius is currently scouting locations in Turkey with some of Conan's private financiers. When filming might begin remains unclear but at least the money is now in place.
Furthermore, Arnold Schwarzenegger may still be involved with the project. Everything depends, however, on whether the Governator runs for re-election but the door for his return is apparently still open. [...]
TheArnoldFans.com put in a call to the John Milius camp to find out if the wheels of pain are still turning in a greenlight motion (for Conan Grown of Iron) or is the project staled up on the "tree of woe"? Moviehole.net tells us WB does not want to move forward unless Arnold is back on board - so we decided to do some investigating ourselves.
Although camp Milius has not heard of WB’s intentions, they have told us plenty of other new exciting news we shall break to you now. "Arnold called John about three or four months ago and ASKED JOHN TO WAIT for him," says one source close to Milius.
'Shaka' has the latest on an Arnold Schwarzenegger-less "King Conan".
"Warner Brothers doesn't want to greenlight the film unless Arnold plays the character to ensure the film be financially successful at the box-office. Warner Brothers wanted Triple H. to take over the Conan role but over the last few months have waned to the idea. The WB knows if someone like Triple H. stars as Conan there is a huge risk with the film flopping (much like The Punisher with an unknown Tom Jane as the lead).
I also heard whispers that since THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK under performed anywhere near 100 million at the domestic box-office, having a risky and uncharasmatic wrestler like Triple H. carrying a mega budget film would possibly hurt KING CONAN'S chance at making the 100 million the sequel would need to earn to come into the green.
Another problem is although Triple H has some fans, he is nowhere near as popular as The Rock, who himself can't bring in more than 50 million domestic with his last two starring roles. Schwarzenegger already owns Conan much like Terminator and audiences might not connect with anyone but Arnold. Afterall, Arnold did do two Conan films.
The WB wants to wait for Mr. Governor Arnold to finish his term and then greenlight the film with his box-office name attached in the last CONAN film (which I hear will now go with the title CONAN THE KING instead of KING CONAN).
So, where does John Milius stand on all this? Mr. Milius would love nothing more than to get his good friend back as CONAN and is warming up to the idea of ditching HHH (who was going to star in Milius' other action film) and waiting for Arnold to come back to films in a couple of short years."
IGN FilmForce meldet...
[...] Confirming rumors first reported last fall, Warner Brothers and writer-director John Milius have indeed settled on wrestler-actor Paul Michael Levesque, a.k.a. Triple H, to play Robert E. Howard's barbarian hero. It should be noted, however, that it isn't a done deal just yet.
There's also no word on when King Conan might finally go before cameras. Triple H was previously rumored to be up for the role of Kon, Conan's estranged son. He'll next be seen as "Grimwood" in Blade: Trinity. [...]
IGN FilmForce meldet...
[...] the Wachowskis - who had reportedly clashed with Milius over the tone and direction of the film - left King Conan of their own volition. The project had remained stalled in development hell while the Wachowskis completed their Matrix trilogy.
The future of King Conan is now up in the air. Whether Warner Brothers will continue to develop it or if they will allow their option to lapse instead remains to be seen. No word yet on who might replace the Wachowskis as producer should Warners choose to stick with Conan.
What is certain is that Milius remains committed to the pic. He is said to be happy with the two different drafts of the screenplay that he penned during the Wachowskis' tenure.
The filmmaker is also said to be unconcerned about Schwarzenegger's availability. For Milius, the key to the project is said to have always been the character of Conan and not the actor portraying him. [...]
[14.01.2004] Concorde Home Entertainment veröffentlichte heute "Conan der Barbar" als Special Edition DVD !!!
Sneak Peek meldet...
As the success of vid-games have become a commercial 'barometer' to greenlighting costly feature films, software developer Cauldron, through publisher TDK Mediactive will release "CONAN : THE DARK AXE", the first in a series of three "CONAN" vid-games.
The story-lines of the games are prequels to director John Milius' upcoming "CONAN" movie, with the third game using Milius working title "KING CONAN: CROWN OF IRON".
Incorporating highlights of composer Basil Poledouris' music from Milius' "Conan The Barbarian", "CONAN : THE DARK AXE" graphically depicts various 'Hyborian' locations as envisioned by original "Weird Tales" Conan author Robert E. Howard, with a unique feature having Conan 'die' then appear before his god 'Crom' in a hellish judgement day arena, where he must defeat hordes of demonic creatures, before being granted resurrection back into the living world.
TAF sprach mit John Milius...
[...] One hour after Arnold announced his decision to run on the Jay Leno Show, Arnold phoned Milius and said he was sorry that King Conan would not happen. Once again, Milius was invited over to the Schwarzenegger's for dinner. Despite the project collapsing, the two remain good friends.
So now Milius needs to find a replacement. I asked about Ralf Moeller, TV's Conan. Apparently they like the guy for his size but instead think the wrestler "Triple H" MIGHT be a better and grittier fit. They also like his acting and believe he is the perfect age to show the transition from a younger Conan (flashbacks) and could also play the gray-bearded Conan.
Milius and Triple H are getting along great already. The two are working on a new kick-ass action movie called "Journey of the Deadman". [...]
Columnists Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith report that writer/director John Milius definitely plans to go forward with King Conan: Crown of Iron without the newly-elected California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"This could be John's best script ever," says a source about the Conan the Barbarian follow-up. There's a challenging Conan role and it contains five significant female roles.
Someone close to the project says there will be advantages about going with another actor. It'll be cheaper to make, no studio interference, it'll be possible to shoot in exotic locales for which Arnold wouldn't get insurance from the studio, and less CGI.
Natalie Portman ist derzeit für eine Rolle in dem Film "King
Conan: Crown of Iron" im Gespräch! Laut MTV ist unklar, welche
Rolle sie dort übernehmen wird. Der Film dreht sich um den
Sohn von "Conan".
Bei TAF gibt es interessante Neuigkeiten - in erster Linie zur möglichen Besetzung: Sean Connery als Alba Metallus Fortunas, Triple H als Felexio und Chyna als Carnifexia...
TheArnoldFans.com has heard from a very good "inside source" that Conan director, John Milius, is convinced "King Conan: Crown of iron" is moving forward!
Following our online petition (generating over 10,000 + signatures demanding Milius reunite with Arnold), it is rumored that WB and the boys at Paradox Group have given in to the fans' demands. John Milius, preparing for the final day when King Conan gets the greenlight, is said to be looking at some pumped-up actors to play big barbarian role [...]
[08.04.2003] Bei TAF gibt es ein positives "King Conan" Script-Review !!!
[04.03.2003] TAF meldet...
[...] TheArnoldFans learned that for King Conan, Arnold will go back to one hellava workout routine and will put on much more muscle! 2.5 hours a day was Arnold's King Conan workout estimate to be exact. Although he did not give a start date for filming, he sounded very ready to begin his old-school PUMP! [...]
[03.02.2003] TAF hat eine erfreuliche Meldung...
[...] Apparently The Wachowskis had a long recent talk with John Milius and with the Wachowskis acknowledging TheArnoldFans.com petition and show of fan support - Warner Bros, The Wachowskis and Milius are all back on board!
John Milius is currently looking into Turkey and Rome locations for shooting major battle scenes of King Conan: Crown of Iron! We also hear the Wachowskis have watched The Lord of The Rings movies, and although they are big admirers, they know how they would envision their giant-scale battles even better in King Conan.
Although all of these big parties are accountable and ready to begin pre-production in August or November of this year, there still remains one party we have not heard from: Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. [...]
[13.12.2002] TheArnoldFans.com sprach mit John Milius über "King Conan", die Petition und vieles mehr...
[30.11.2002] Phantastik.de meldet...
Ein Mitarbeiter der Firma "Conan Properties" hat jetzt im
Internet ausgeplaudert, dass man dort nicht wolle, dass der
Film von Schwarzenegger und Konsorten realisiert werde. "Moviehole"
fluesterte der Mitarbeiter, man wolle bei dem Filmprojekt auf die Wuensche
der Fans achten.
[27.11.2002] IGN FilmForce meldet, dass "King Conan" - zumindest in der geplanten Version - gestorben ist !!! Evtl. wird daraus nun ein weichgespültes Abenteuerfilmchen im Stile von "The Scorpion King" !?! Moriarty von AICN schrieb einen Kommentar dazu und bekam eine Reaktion der derzeitigen Rechte-Inhaber Conan Properties, Inc....
[...] One of your readers sent me the link to your article. As managers of the Conan property, we are keeping our ears to the ground and we do listen to the fans. I must tell you it´s fascinating to be a bystander and see these rumours fester. Let me put an end to some.
We always and regularly receive pitches about how and when Conan should be made. Some people tell us Conan should be kinder. Some say less expensive. A lot think quicker. There are always advises left and right. This is because Conan is at the top of many people´s minds and Conan is a great franchise.
I can definitely tell you the next Conan movie will NOT be cheaper. It will have the best production value, the best studio and the best director. There are no exceptions. As far as we are concerned, Warner´s is not out and we are in discussions with them about the project.
I will say that we believe the wait for new entertainment has been long and we need to see some action on the screen. And, as a comment, Conan is the real Barbarian. Scorpion King was not.
We will shortly have our new website up to get closer to the fan community. Meanwhile, thanks for your continued interest in Conan!
[15.11.2002] Moriarty von AICN berichtete kürzlich über "Total Recall 2" und am Ende schreibt er...
[...] I heard the other night that KING CONAN may be officially dead at this point, but I refuse to believe that unless I hear it from the lips of Milius himself.
[10.08.2002] Bei Schwarzenegger.com gab es kürzlich ein Interview mit Mako, dem Darsteller des Zauberers...
Schwarzenegger.com: A Conan movie just isn't a Conan movie without your wizard character, Akiro, and your narration. Have you and John Milius talked about the 3rd Conan movie yet?
Mako: I have seen him once or twice since the first Conan film for a different picture. I guess John was troubleshooting or helping a director with a script or whatever, and I went in for a meeting, but that's about it, so we have never discussed the third. We shall see. [...]
Schwarzenegger.com: What are you currently working on?
Mako: I am waiting for John Milius to call me! (Laughs.)
[06.08.2002] Bei LOE gibt es einen kurzen Kommentar von Schwarzenegger zum Stand der Dinge...
Arnold confirmed that the Conan 3 has been written and he is VERY pleased with it. "I can't wait to start on this picture. We're now just waiting for Warner Bros. to give the O.K. so that we can start production on this movie!"
Bei IGN FilmForce gibt es eine laaange Kritik zur letzten Drehbuchfassung...
[...] King Conan was scripted by director John Milius (My review of Milius' first draft can be found here). The Wachowski brothers (The Matrix trilogy) will produce it. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently expressed interest in reprising the title role, and Vin Diesel is lobbying for the part of Conan's son (previously coveted by The Rock). While there is no definitive word yet on when production might commence, IGN FilmForce recently learned that King Conan in now on the fast track over at Warners.
[...] In many ways this revised draft of King Conan is superior to Milius' first draft. Although only 11 pages less than the first draft, this King Conan feels shorter thanks to the elimination of many needless subplots and secondary characters. (The Wizard, Conan's loyal guard Michaes, and female general Carnifexia still appear albeit in smaller roles than they had in the first draft.) Its plot and structure is less rambling and episodic than the first draft's.
The second draft has a stronger narrative throughline. In a nutshell, this is a story about a man who has let himself be suckered by a corrupt system, even to the point of forsaking his own son for it (the only person he's ever allowed himself to love). [...]
Word is, ILM was asked by people tied to King Conan if it is possible to use CGI to enhance the size and definition of muscles on the body. I dont want speculate but it sounds like an aging Arnold is getting a muscle makeover with CGI.
Die Geruechte um den Wrestler "The Rock" in dem kommenden
Film "King Conan" haben sich offenbar als falsch herausgestellt.
In einem Interview mit dem britischen Magazin "Empire Online"
sagte der Darsteller jetzt, er sei nicht fuer die Rolle
des Sohnes von "Conan" (Schwarzenegger) in Verhandlungen.
[05.04.2002] EW.com meldet...
Don't think creaky franchise. Think ''The Matrix'''s Wachowski brothers, who will exec-produce with Jon Jashni. The latter says writer-director John Milius (who helmed the 1982 original) will use Arnold's age to make Crown ''Lear-like.'' As in the book series, Conan passes the torch to his son, Kon, a role Jashni had wanted The Rock to play before Universal greenlit the similarly sandy battle pic ''The Scorpion King.'' Now Jashni's eyeing Vin Diesel, among others, and promises ''a blood-drenched third act.... We're getting back to the fundamentals.'' And so, it seems, is Arnold.
[15.03.2002] Moriarty von AICN kommentiert...
[...] KING CONAN. This excites me to no end. Arnold has just done the smartest thing he's done for his career in years. I haven't had a chance to read Milius' rewrite of the film... heck, I'm not even sure he's finished with the rewrite yet... but I adore the first draft. I reviewed it here a while back, and since then I've been waiting for firm news about progress on the film. I know that it's been a hard road for Milius, who is trying to make something epic and beautiful and fitting as a follow-up to his classic first film. His script wasn't protected by the Wachowskis, who are too busy trying to finish their MATRIX sequels to really give KING CONAN the hands-on attention as producers that might smooth the process for Milius. They got involved in this as fans, supposedly, and it would be nice to see them behave like fans. They're in a unique position here to use their commercial credibility at the studio to protect something that might otherwise not make it through.
[14.03.2002] Coming Soon! meldet, dass Schwarzenegger für "King Conan" unterschrieben hat... Jetzt ist es offiziell !!!
[27.01.2002] Bei Latino Review gibt es ein Interview mit Schwarzenegger, in dem er sich u.a. über "Conan 3" äussert... ;-)
When asked about Conan 3, here is what Arnold had to say.
Arnold: I just had a cigar with him (John) the other day and I got the script and we spoke about Conan 3. He is re-writing it as we speak. He had written it and it was a 168-page script. But the Wachowski brothers told him that it would take to much time to make it. It would be like a 3 ½ hour movie. So they are cutting it down to a 120-page script. But its going to take time. Because you know John, he writes a page then he smokes a stogie, he writes a page then he smokes a stogie, he writes a page then he smokes a stogie. (Laughs)
[21.10.2001] Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (u.a. "Die Mumie kehrt zurück") als Conans Sohn Kon in "King Conan - Crown of Iron" !?! Laut IGN FilmForce ist an diesem Gerücht nichts dran...
[14.10.2001] Bei IGN FilmForce gibt es eine Drehbuch-Kritik von "King Conan - Crown of Iron"...
[28.08.2001] AICN berichtet in Meldung 10.000 sehr ausführlich über das Drehbuch von "King Conan - Crown of Iron"... Was Moriarty schreibt lässt hoffen, sogar auf eine weitere Fortsetzung... ;-)
"[...] Something like your first look at the May 21, 2001 draft of KING CONAN, CROWN OF IRON, written by John Milius, 146 pages of Robert E. Howard-inspired carnage and treachery. [...] I love this script. I am dying to know what is being done to it now as Milius works on a second draft. I’m sure there’s a million ways Milius can make it even better than it is now, but as it stands, this is a promise fulfilled, a dream realized. [...]"
"Der Barbar kehrt 2002 auf die Leinwand zurück: Warner Bros. wird die Fortsetzung zu 'Conan der Barbar' (1982) und 'Conan der Zerstörer' (1984) unter dem Titel 'Son Of Conan' mit 90 Millionen Dollar finanzieren. Dafür wurde eine ganze Garnison Prominenz an Land gezogen: John Milius, bereits bei 'Conan der Barbar' Regisseur und Drehbuchautor in Personalunion, wird auch bei 'Son Of Conan' nicht nur wieder die Regie übernehmen, auch das Script stammt von ihm. Die Matrix-Macher Andy und Larry Wachowski konnten als "creative Partners" gewonnen werden, und Marvel-Guru Stan Lee persönlich wird den Streifen produzieren. Eines ist aber noch vollkommen offen: nämlich ob Arnold Schwarzenegger eine Rückkehr als Conan feiert. Wie es heißt, laufen in der Sache noch Gespräche, die Chancen sind jedoch gering. Wie der Titel schon verrät, wird sich der Film hauptsächlich um Conans Sohn drehen, und Schwarzenegger hätte allenfalls kleinere Auftritte."
IGN FilmForce berichtet, dass Regisseur John Milius die Arbeiten am Drehbuch zum 3. "Conan"-Kinofilm aufgenommen hat - der Streifen soll derzeit den Arbeitstitel "King Conan: Crown of Iron" tragen. Gerüchte besagen, dass statt Schwarzenegger Ralf Möller (spielte "Conan" in der gleichnamigen TV-Serie und den Kämpfer Hagen in "Gladiator") die Titelrolle übernimmt, da Schwarzenegger keine Zeit für das Projekt hat...
Hit-Comics.de berichtet: "Ab 15. März wird es nach längerer Unterbrechung einigermassen überraschend wieder Conan-Comics auf Deutsch geben. Bei Marvel Deutschland startet dann eine zweimonatliche Prestige-Reihe, die jüngeres Material enthalten wird, das Marvel USA zuletzt in Form von Miniserien veröffentlichte. Los geht es in der ersten Ausgabe (Prestige, 76 Seiten, DM 12,95) mit der Saga The Stalker of the Woods von Roland Green und Claudio Castellini. Die neue Conan-Reihe - übrigens die erste, die auf Deutsch in einem originalgetreuen Format erscheint - enthält auch regelmässig mehrere redaktionelle Seiten. Ein Beitrag über die Film-Abenteuer von Robert E. Howards Helden befindet sich zudem im aktuellen Hit Comics 23 - na, wenn das kein Zufall ist!"
[10.01.2001] Am 05.01.2001 verkündete AICN es könnte Probleme bei der Realisierung eines neuen Conan-Films geben... Und nun wurde die Aussage von AICN relativiert... Die Chancen stehen doch nicht sooo schlecht...
[22.11.2000] Bei "Conan the Conqueror" kann man den einen stimmungsvollen Fan-Trailer downloaden...
[14.12.2000] Super Ninja Simon hat einen Blick auf Requisiten zum Conan-Film werfen können...
"OK, the new Conan movie is coming along well. I saw some of the prop weapons and armor being constructed by a prophouse in LA-- very cool and original pieces. They forge a metal version then make a mold of it --- then form a rubber/plastic version from that mold so you can fight with it and not cut off limbs. Some very talented people making these, can't wait to see how they look on film."
[19.11.2000] Arnold Schwarzenegger wird "Conan" wohl nicht wieder verkörpern: "Im Augenblick hab ich viel zu viele Dinge auf meinem Schreibtisch liegen. Da ist "Terminator III", "Doc Savage" und möglicherweise eine Fortsetzung von "Total Recall", sowie wahrscheinlich eine Komödie. Ich möchte auch wieder Regie führen. Ich wüsste nicht, wann ich diesen "Conan" drehen sollte."
[10.11.2000] IGN FilmForce sprach mit John Milius: "Der nächste Schritt ist es das Drehbuch zu schreiben..." - Wann mit der Produktion begonnen wird steht noch nicht fest - dies hängt von vielen Faktoren (u.a. von den Plänen der Wachowskis) ab ...
[07.11.2000] Nachdem bereits Internet-Gerüchteküche AICN berichtete, schreibt nun auch Variety...
Warner Bros. hat die Kinorechte an "Conan der Barbar" erworben - und plant ein Remake: Das Drehbuch und die Regie soll John Milius übernehmen - er hatte bereits bei "Conan - Der Barbar" (1982) Regie geführt. Neben Milius werden auch Larry und Andy Wachowski ("Matrix") an der Produktion des Remakes beteiligt sein.
Milius soll bereits bei Arnold Schwarzenegger nachgefragt haben, ob er die Rolle übernehmen wolle, der Wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (u.a. "Die Mumie 2") hätte bereits eine Teilnahme an den Dreharbeiten abgesagt...
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