Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain, writers of Alien vs. Viking epic Outlander, have been hired to rework the script for Conan. 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.
Paradox Entertainment president and CEO Fredrik Malmberg said:
“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.”
“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.”
So that’s Conan, Thor, He-Man and two Hercules movies on the way. I can see why they have fast-tracked it, because I am sure people will get tired after we see 3+ movies released with huge men on steroids wielding a sword around.
Although, I suppose now is a good time to be a body-builder in Hollywood!