Conan Unsheathed at Lionsgate

Writer Dirk Blackman and Writer Director Howard McCain have hit page one of no less Hollywood icon than the Hollywood Reporter today — big news about Conan, Amazon, and the Outlander screening.

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11 Responses to “Conan Unsheathed at Lionsgate”

  1. Cool news! THe bit about having two scripts sounds a little wierd though. That sounds like PR speak for “they didn’t like the first script at all” to me. (either that or they really do want to have a conan movie every two years, and need a pile of scripts)

  2. outlanderthemovie Says:

    I can’t even hazard a guess as to whether or not they liked the other script as I have not read it, but the other writers are certainly fine writers. I just know they really liked our Amazon script (enough to buy it) and dug our take on Conan. They absolutely see this as a franchise and we are thrilled out of our minds to have a chance to set it up for them.

  3. Dirk (assuming you’re “Outlanderthemovie”) can you give us any hints on how the script is approaching the subect?
    Are you adapting a story directly, is it an anthology of short stories, or are you creating a new story from scratch?
    Thanks, the fans are drooling for information!

  4. outlanderthemovie Says:

    H’mm -not too much in the way of hints or Lion’s Gate will have me killed. Let’s just say we are going for the feel of the original stories – dark, violent, mysterious. We want the Hyborian world to be its own distinctive place and time. There will be blood and magic but we are making sure at every turn that we do not stray into the camp situation. As for story, I can’t tell you what we are using, but there are elements that have been taken from here and there.

  5. Thanks, Dirk! Looking forward to seeing the Conan blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Good to hear the new Conan film will be more faithful to Robert E. Howard’s original stories.

    The 1980s films with “Ahnuld” are an incredibly poor representation/translation of the 1930s literary character. Howard fans have waited decades for a Conan film that actually resembles his character and stories.

    I look forward to watching Outlander at the cinema. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. As long as you don’t give it the “Sahara” treatment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. outlanderthemovie Says:

    Howdy Kortoso – NOt going to trash other wrters (god knows there are plenty of people out there to do that). Will say we are dedicated to making this the best it can possibly be. Good bloody fun.

  9. I’m certain there are writers that have no clue, but at the same time, what gets put to screen is often never the fault of the writer. Scenes get moved around in editing, studios demand eplanatory scenes get cut, scenes end up re-written or improvised on set. Movie making is a group effort. So blame seldom rests on one person or in particular the writer.

  10. matsellah Says:

    Good luck on writing this. There are countless Howard fans foaming at the bit, waiting (finally) for a film treatment that relies on what he wrote, rather than being ‘influenced’ by it. I’m sure the movie will be successful, regardless. Look forward to seeing your work on the big screen.

  11. Sorry, didn’t mean to get you in trouble with your colleagues. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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