This story was posted on 28 March, and I haven't seen it anywhere else on the board... but, if I overlooked it, my apologies to anyone who has already posted it.
The article is published in Swedish, but a gentlemen over at IMDB was kind enough to translate and I'm posting that translation as follows:
Fredrik Malmberg, CEO of Paradox Entertainment who owns all the rights to REHs works, was interviewed today regarding the business and inevitably Conan.
Here is the most relevant points to this movie:
Q: When is the new Conan movie planed to have its premi?re? How big will the budget be?
Fredrik Malmberg: The scriptwriters three month strike caused a small delay of the scriptwork, but the development in all other areas continued unhindered. We just got the first version of the script, and is now working over a details with the authors. At the moment are goal is to start filming in 2008 for a 2009 premi?re. The budget will likely be around 100 MUSD.
Q: Are there any candidates for the main part?
Fredrik Malmberg: We have just hired a casting director to help us get the right actor. In all our work with Conan in all product categories, not just the movie, we strive to be true to the creator and original author Robert E. Howards description of Conan. He shall of course have an impressive physique but not be a bodybuilder. We are looking for someone with acting talent and not just big muscles. We are furthermore looking for a new face, someone who hasn't already had a big breakthrough, to avoid comparison to earlier roles.
Encouragingly he states getting the Conan movie into production as one of the company?s three top goals:
- To ensure the start of production for the new Conan movie. It has been frustrating since nothing happened for several years at our former licence proprietor (Warner Bros). In the course of the six month since we made a deal with Millennium Films more has happened than during the six years before that.
For REH-fans the second goal sounds even better:
- To get started more projects this year, both from our own library of rights and from externals, with development both internally and in cooperation with others. Robert E. Howard wrote around 800 stories and his writing style fits development toward entertainment vert well - many of his stories are almost like finished scripts, ready to use.
That last sentence is just fantastic. (FYI the last goal of the three had to do with the financial side of the business).
Other than this on the Conan front Malmberg talks a bit about the expectations for Funcom?s new online computer game, Age of Conan. He informs us that THQ has an option to make movie tie-in game for Conan.
I guess the most important non Conan info is a figure for the budget of Solomon Kane - 40 MUSD.
Hope you guys (and girls of course) find this interesting.
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Edited by matsellah, 01 April 2008 - 05:13 AM.