Jason Momoa on 'Conan The Barbarian'

Jason Momoa in CONAN MTV interviewed Jason Momoa about CONAN THE BARBARIAN, and the actor confirmed that the new film does contain an origin story.

“It’s rebuilding and rebooting the franchise…It starts with his birth, what happened to his family, what happened to his father—obviously his father is killed—and him going into the pirating and the thieving and wandering and being the degenerate that he is and then usurping a throne and finding out who killed his father.
It’s a revenge story, with a little bit a love in there.”

Follow the link above for a video clip.

'Conan' Movie — Teaser

Here’s the first teaser trailer for CONAN THE BARBARIAN, the new film starring Jason Momoa of STARGATE: ATLANTIS.
Marcus Nispel directs the Nu Image film from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood, based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp sword & sorcery tales of Conan The Barbarian.
Also with Rose McGowen (CHARMED), Steven Lang (AVATAR), Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), Katarzyna Wolejnio, and Rachel Nichols (ALIAS, STAR TREK).

Dino De Laurentiis, R.I.P.

Mann Village TheaterDino De Laurentiis (Agostino de Laurentiis), larger-than-life Italian film producer, passed away yesterday, November 10th, 2010 in California. He was 91.
De Laurentiis produce quite a number of science fiction, horror and fantasy-related films> His first notable one was ULYSSES (1954), adapting Homer’s tale of the indomitable leader and his travails, including encouter with mythical creature such as the Cyclops. The international production starred Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano (whom he would marry) and Anthony Quinn.
In 1961 he executive produced the peplum GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES, in `64 the comedy, THE FLYING SAUCER. 1968 saw the comic book-based DANGER:DIABOLIK and the lavish BARBARELLA, starring Jane Fonda and and international cast.
In 1976 he produced the controvesial remake of KING KONG, 1980 brought the campy FLASH GORDON feature, now considered by some a cult classic.
He was involved with CONAN THE BARBARIAN and CONAN THE DESTROYER with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He financed and produced David Lynch’s odd vision of the Frank Herbert epic SF novel DUNE.
 Several Steven King properties included THE DEAD ZONE, CAT’S EYE, SILVER BULLET, and MAXIUM OVERDRIVE.
He let Sam Raimi bring ARMY OF DARKNESS to life.
He brought Hannibal Lecter to the screen in MANHUNTER, HANIBAL, and RED DRAGON.
I met him briefly in New York at a FLASH GORDON screening. A small statured man with a big personality and a love of filmmaking—and probably the last of the old-school movie moguls.

'Conan' To Be Set Loose Next Summer

Jason Momoa in CONANLionsgate announced that CONAN will be released August 19th, 2011, in standard and 3-D versions.

Marcus Nispel directs the Nu Image film from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood, based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp sword & sorcery tales of Conan The Barbarian.
Jason Momoa (STARGATE ATLANTIS) stars as the Cimmerian adventurer, along with Rose McGowen (CHARMED), Steven Lang (AVATAR), Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), Katarzyna Wolejnio, and Rachel Nichols (ALIAS, STAR TREK).

'Voltron' Moves Forward, Concept Art

According to JoBlo.com, the proposed VOLTRON live-action movie seems to be gaining momentum. They say Altas Entertainment appears to have hired the screenwriters of the new CONAN movie,  Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, to write a script.
They’ve also commissioned concept art, the first of which can be seen here.

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See the article linked above for a larger versison of this artwork, and a second piece that appears to be an adversary for Voltron and company.

CONAN To Feature Supernatural

—Co-star Reveals Fantasy Element—

Steven Lang (AVATAR), who plays the warlord Khalar Singh in Lionsgate / Millenium Flim’s CONAN, told MTV that the new film will feature the supernatural as well as action. 

“If you read Robert Howard — of course the ‘Conan’ stories and novellas — magic, (the) supernatural plays a huge, huge part in them: fakirs and magicians and wizards all over the place…  So magic is part of that world. The magic in this film, there’s a lot of it and there’s a lot of action-magic as well, a lot of magical fighting.”

His own character’s fights will demonstrate swordmanship, rather than  sorcery, however.

“My fighting is not magical… My fighting is just brutal.”

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Steven Lang in AVATAR

CONAN stars STARGATE: ATLANTIS’s Jason Momoa in the title role.
Marcus Nispel directs from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly,  Sean Hood , and Joshua Oppenheimer.
No specific release date has been set, though it’s expected to premiere in 2011.
Note: A commerical message may play first in this video clip, courtesy of MTV.

CONAN Looks To Come Out Swinging

Jason Momoa in CONANKrom! It seems fans of the CONAN series are relegated to being tantalized by the new film one picture at a time. Just released is this new photo of star Jason Momoa in action and while it doesn’t give any hints about the upcoming installment, one thing we do know for sure – we would hate to be on the opposite end of that sword swing!
Though a specific release date has not been set, look for the film to make it’s big screen debut in 2011.
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1st Clear 'Conan' Pic

Conan_MomoaThis picture of a bulked-up Jason Momoa (STARGATE ATLANTIS) from Lionsgate’s upcoming CONAN re-boot comes from the website of the Nu Boyana film studios in Bulgaria, where the film recently wrapped principal photography.
CONAN was directed by Marcus Nispel from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Sean Hood, and Joshua Oppenheimer.
Rose McGowan, Rachael Nichols, and Ron Perlman also star in the film, based on the character created by Weird Tales author Robert E. Howard.

'Dr. Strange' 1st Marvel/Disney Film?

STRANGE TALES_110Deadline reports that DOCTOR STRANGE will likely be the first Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures comic book film to hit the screen.
The article states that Marvel has hired Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Lionsgate’s new CONAN movie) to write the screenplay. The other superhero films Marvel Studios has in development and pre-production will continue to be distributed under the pre-existing deal with Paramount Picture.
Created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Strange Tales #110, Dr. Steven Strange was a cynical, egotistical, money-minded surgeon, who lost the fine motor control of his talented hands in a car accident.
Sunk in self-pity and depression, Strange eventually wandered his way into the Himalayas, and became the student of the Ancient One. There his emotional scars were healed, and he began a journey of self-elightenment and the path towards becoming a Master of The Mystic Arts.
Meeting opponents such as fellow disciple Baron Mordu, Morgan Le Fay, and the dread other-dimensional enity Dormammu, Steven Strange eventually became the Sorcerer Supreme. From his Greenwich Village Sanctum Santorum, with the aid of his servant Wong, and student Clea, he battled to protect the earth from supernatural menaces.
Dr. Strange made it to TV in a 1978 Universal movie, intended to launch a CBS TV series, but poor ratings and scheduling derailed that plan. Peter Hooten stared as Steven Strange, with high profile guest stars Jessica Walters and Sir John Mills. Oddly enough, the fillmmakers put him in a costume more superhero-ish than the looser-fitting garb he wears in the comics.
Filmmakers have been trying to launch a Dr. Strange movie since the mid-1980’s, with Bob Gale (BACK TO THE FUTURE), Wes Craven (FRIDAY THE 13th), and David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS) all taking a crack at it.
Doctor Strange’s often surreal and otherworldly adventures would benefit from today’s special effects, and might lend itself well to the current 3-D craze.