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UPDATED: Megan Fox as Red Sonja? Metal bikini ahoy!

Posted by LiveFor on April 5, 2010

It looks as if the Robert Rodriguez Red Sonja movie starring Rose McGowan is no more. He had been saying that they were going to wait and see how the new Conan movie was going to do. That may not be totally true.

According to Pajiba, the current incarnation of the Sonja has been scrapped.

Red Sonja was a comic book character created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. She was part of the Conan the Barbarian universe and was a kick ass warrior who wore some skimpy chainmail armour. Brigitte Neilsin played her in a film version many moons ago.

However, the project is not dead as Millenium Films are after someone to rewrite the script by David N White and rumour has it that an offer has been made to a Megan Fox.

Before I go any further here is a pic of Red Sonja, so it is possible Fox would be wearing something similar.

You still with me?

Now we all know Fox hasn’t really done anything to show her acting chops so we don’t actually know what she is capable of. She can run, pout and pose in Transformers and Jennifer’s Body just failed and slunk away before anyone noticed. She is starring in the comic adaption of Jonah Hex, but no word on her performance yet.

Could this be the role that makes her? Is the rumour even true?

Do you think Fox is the right choice for Red Sonja? Will she suit the flaming red hair (anyone want to do a photoshop thingy that I can post)? Who would be a better choice for the role and who should direct it?

UPDATE: Thanks to Pat for knocking this one together using one of the Rose McGowan teaser posters from a while back (check out both of them here). Anybody got any more?

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By the beard of Thulsa Doom. Hellboy is Conan’s Daddy!

Posted by LiveFor on March 13, 2010

Mickey Rourke had been down to play the father of Jason Momoa’s Conan, but that has changed.

Now a certain Mr Ron Perlman is going to be raising little Con. Vulture had the splendid news. I thought Rourke would have been good, but Perlman will be better in the Marcus Nispel film. I can’t imagine him having much screen time though.

However, Perlman always brings a certain amount of cool to any role he plays and I hope we at least get to see him kill someone with a very big sword.

How do you feel about Perlman being the father of Conan?

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Conan – Stephen Lang confirms he will cut off Conan’s nuts

Posted by LiveFor on March 10, 2010

Last week a rumour went round that Stephen Lang (Public Enemies, Avatar) had been offered the role of Khalar Singh – “a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won. He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so.”

“I’ve accepted the role of Khalar Singh,” Lang told MTV News when asked about the rumor.

“I have no idea how I’m going to do it,”
Lang laughed. “First I’m going to find out how I’m going to sound. I’m going to get back on a Mongolian pony and ride like the wind. I’m going to flash my scimitar. I’m going to cut the nuts off Conan and his father.”

Conan is to be played by Jason Momoa and his father will be played by Mickey Rourke.

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Conan – Rachel Nichols to wear a metal bikini!

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2010

Some more casting news for the Marcus Nispel Conan the Barbarian film (Stephen Lang is rumoured to be the big bad, Khalar Singh) and this time it is for the leading lady.

G.I. Joe’s Scarlett and Star Trek’s Green Orion lady, Rachel Nichols, is up for the role of Tamara. The casting notes for the character say:

TAMARA: She is 18 to 24 years old, Caucasian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities; beautiful, studious, correct, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery. A master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen’s servant, bodyguard and best friend. She and many other female bodyguards to the queen have been in hiding most of their lives because of the curse of Acheron, which would take the queen’s life to bring almost immortal power to its king. When Khalar Singh, a powerful warlord with ambitions to become the king of Acheron, storms the monastery and captures all of the novitiates, she is separated from Ilira, the one she must protect. With all of her strength and will, Tamara is determined to find and rescue her. She finds herself in league with Conan because of a mutual need to find Khalar Singh. She is not in the least intimidated by Conan’s size or grim demeanor and their alliance eventually blossoms into something that surprises them both…

Jason Momoa from Stargate Atlantis is down to play Conan and it sounds as if Tamara is lined up to be his equal in the fighting stakes.

Any Conan news is good news in my book and I’m glad that things are continuously moving forward with this one. I also like the fact they are not going for big names…that’s probably not the right way of putting it as Lang is huge now since Avatar. I mean better that they are not A-List faces so makes it easier to buy into them as the character rather than going “Oh that’s so and so, they were great in whatchamacallit.”

Are you excited about the Conan film? Is Nichols the right choice for the leading lady? What Conan tales do you want to see in the film?

Source: Latino Review

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Conan – Stephen Lang may be the bad guy

Posted by LiveFor on March 3, 2010

He was great in Public Enemies, hilarious in The Men Who Stare at Goats and excellent in Avatar, now it looks as Stephen Lang will be playing the big bad in the new Conan film by Marcus Nispel. He is currently in negotiations to play Khalar Singh according to Latino Review.

This is the casting breakdown for the character:

Khalar Singh is in his 40s to 50s, Asian or Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mongol, Turkish, or Persian, open to all ethnicities; commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won. He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so.

His goal is to find the Queen whose blood will bring life to the demonic minions of Acheron while making himself king of this hellish power. With this power, Khalar will protect his legacy against the onslaught of master sorcerer, Thoth-Amon so that his weak son, Fariq may rule after his death. While riding into a Cimmerian village to recruit his old comrade, Corin, his large collection of mercenaries slaughters them to the last soul when Corin refuses to join them. The village’s only survivor was young Conan. When Khalar’s search has finally narrowed to the likely discovery of the queen at a monastery of female monks, he also learns Conan is older and hungry for revenge…

I could easily see Lang playing that. He is a great actor and I hope he takes the role.

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The Last Voyage of Demeter – An update on the film about the ship from Dracula

Posted by LiveFor on February 3, 2010

Way back in May last year I mentioned that Marcus Nispel could possibly be directing a film called The Last Voyage of Demeter. This is the tale about what happened on the ship that Dracula sailed on to get to England in Bram Stoker’s classic novel. This is such a great idea for a film. I love it when they take secondary characters or situations and spill them out into a new movie. Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead is a great example for this kind of thing.

IMDB is still saying Nispel is attached, but he will be busy directing the new Conan the Barbarian movie starring Jason Momoa so not sure if he will be changed.

However, the Demeter is still ready to sail and producers Mike Medavoy and Brad Fischer provided an update to FEARNet

Fischer: When I picked up the script, it just struck me as such a great idea. Because I’d always been a fan of the Stoker novel, and the Dracula mythology and lore. And that chapter, which – if you go back and look at the Stoker novel – is basically told through the captain’s diary, from when he was on the boat. The boat was chartered to go from Varna to London, and there were these boxes of earth that were being put on it, and one of these boxes of earth was Nosferatu himself; and he was feeding off of the crew members as the boat made its journey. The captain’s log – the way that it’s structured in the book – it actually starts off with someone who was a journalist, who is among this group of people when the boat crashes into the rocks at Whitby. And he finds this water-soaked log book. Just by reading these entries, which grow – starting off with descriptions of an “unsettled feeling among the crew that there’s a presence on the boat, someone who can’t be accounted for” – into varying increasing degrees of paranoia. Crew members go missing; no one had actually dramatized what happened on the ship. And Bragi Schut, who wrote Season of the Witch – this was actually his first script that he wrote, before Season of the Witch – he came up with this idea to tell the story of what unfolded. It’s told from the point of view of a guy who’s just desperate to get to London. And he just gets on the wrong boat basically.”

Medavoy: I’m really excited about it. The question is getting some converts out there together with me. I just find the idea of telling a classic story from the point of view of something that happened out of the logs, and all of it taking it place on a shop, visually really interesting. And character-wise it’s really interesting – the characters are on the boat, and the fact that you think all of them had died; and we don’t tell whether somebody did survive or not… That intrigues me.

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Holy Crom! Conan the Barbarian is the bloke from Stargate Atlantis and his dad is to be Mickey Rourke

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2010

Last week news was out that Jason Momoa and Kellan Lutz along with a third more well known name were contenders be the new Conan for Lionsgate.

We did not know who the third actor was until Latino Review found out it was Jared Padalecki from Supernatural – I never would have thought of him, but he worked with Conan director Marcus Nispel recently on the Friday the 13th reboot.

Prior to Padalecki auditioning, Momoa, Lutz, and another unknown actor named John Brotherton went through a series of rigorous screen tests.

From those original three, it was Momoa who emerged early on as Marcus Nispel’s top choice with Kellan Lutz a distant second.

The folks at Lionsgate wanted to be extra sure, hence why they held off offering the part to Momoa and auditioning Jared Padalecki which took place this week.

However, Momoa came into Lionsgate late last week after the Fleming story broke and met with everyone at the studio and talked the talk had another screen test and got the role. As I said the other week I think he has the right otherworldy look to play Conan. I am glad Padalecki didn’t get the role as, even though I like him in Supernatural, he would have just been wrong for the role.

Some other good news from Latino Review is the fact that Mickey Rourke has been cast as Conan’s fathe, Corin. How cool is that.

You can check out Momoa in the upcoming HBO series George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.

All we need now is some info on what tales of Conan they will be using for the film. How do you feel with Momoa being Conan?

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Conan the Barbarian – Who will play the Cimmerian? A Vampire or an Alien?

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

The new Conan the Barbarian film by Marcus Nispel is due to start filming in Bulgaria on 15th march. However, we still don’t know who will play Conan.

It looks as if the choice is down to three according to Deadline – Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga sequels New Moon and Eclipse), and Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex in the TV series Stargate: Atlantis) plus another unnamed but better established actor before deciding.

Lutz is in the pic below and Momoa the one above. Out of the two I feel Momoa has the better look for Conan – he has the build but he also has the slight otherworldliness about him that I always get when reading Conan. The whole Stranger in a Strange land type vibe.

As for who the other unnamed actor could be I just don’t know. Hugh Jackman, Vin Diesel, who else could it be?

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Buck Rogers leaves Frank Miller behind

Posted by LiveFor on December 14, 2009

Not much of a surprise after the disaster that was Frank Miller’s adaption of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. He needs to stick to making comics.

Paradox, along with Lawrence Abramson and George Furla, is producing the long-awaited big screen return of sci-fi icon Buck Rogers but Frank Miller, who was previously attached to direct an earlier incarnation developed by different producers, is no longer involved.

No word on who will be taking over the helm or how far along the film actually is so it looks as if we’ll have to wait a while longer for a big screen Wilma Deering.

Paradox Entertainment develops and licenses mainly character-based properties, including the stories and characters of the late author Robert E. Howard. Their next movie will be Conan the Barbarian, which has been in full casting mode for the last month. We were told that rumors that Conan will be a teen for most of the story are untrue. No final casting decisions have been made or announced yet. Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th, Pathfinder) directs.

Who would you like to see direct Buck Rogers? More importantly who should play Buck?

Source: IGN

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Solomon Kane – Hall of Mirrors clip

Posted by LiveFor on December 11, 2009

Here is a new clip from Michael Bassett’s Solomon Kane.

Solomon Kane is an epic adventure adapted from the classic pulp stories by Robert E. Howard, creator of “Conan the Barbarian.” Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) is a 16th Century soldier who learns that his brutal and cruel actions have damned him. Determined to redeem himself, Kane swears to live a life of peace and goodness but is forced to fight once more when a dark power threatens the land.

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