Brett Ratner helming Conan? Not so fast

Director claims it’s not a done deal yet

If you were happy – or terrified - to hear that Brett Ratner would be directing the new Conan pic, then prepare to be disappointed. Or delighted.

Speaking to the LA Times, Ratner has revealed that producer Avi Lerner’s recent announcement of a locked deal with the director was a little bit premature.

"Let me make this very clear," he says "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."


So while Lerner remains convinced that Ratner is the man for the job and that he’ll fight to seal the deal, there are still some issues to work out.

"We still have a few obstacles," admits the producer. "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."

Apparently Lerner wants to use his own studio, in Bulgaria, with some exterior work in China.

We’re betting Ratner’s hedging his bets and holding out for a better deal – he’s got to buy that solid gold Ferrari somehow…


    • NickyC

      Nov 13th 2008, 16:03

      I think he should do Conan INSTEAD of BHC. We don't need Beverly Hills Cop 4, but we do need to know more about the secret of steel! But who to play Conan? No wrestlers please. Either find an unknown or get a buff thesp like an Eric Bana or a Hugh Jackman. Not necessarily one of THOSE guys, but that kind of actor.

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    • Al Dente

      Nov 13th 2008, 21:08

      Every time I hear that Brett Ratner is NOT attached to something...anything...I can't help but smile. If I never saw a Ratner film again in my life, I would die a happy man...though I can't help but watch them anyway

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    • Geoffrey42

      Nov 16th 2008, 19:42

      I think that it would be nice if Swartzenegger did a cameo appearance handing over the reins to Ronald Kickinger, who I think would be perfect for this role. Conan fans are used to Arnies voice etc, so he would make it more beliveable.

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