Marcus Nispel

IntroFirstTimeDir

People don’t just get handed million-dollar blockbusters, nor do studios go door-to-door looking for someone to direct the next Jurassic Park. That’s why the following list of first time directors – while seemingly out of nowhere – certainly had backgrounds directing stuff like music videos or commercials.   Still – they were untested in feature filmmaking, and to the un-obsessed public it would appear that studios simply plucked a dude off the street. Like giving a small child a semi truck, the results were mixed.

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The Walking Dead

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly hand-in-hand stroll down Newsworthy Lane, with a stop at the Noteworthy Café for a bite to eat. Then we’ll head back to my place and I’ll show you my signature move, the Well-Researched Scoop (I have two sources that will confirm its quality on the record). What do you say, baby? We begin this evening with part of a new midseason poster for The Walking Dead. Which brings to mind the question of the hour: Is anyone still exciting about this show? Sure, it has the occasional zombie and it was nice to see Glen “make a friend,” but beyond that, it’s become tired, has it not?

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Every bit of movie news has to be taken with a fistful of salt. With so many moving parts, even the biggest players in the game sometimes see their work fall into the tall grass of development hell. That’s the bad news. The good news is that all of those times you shake your fist at a new project (be it remake or reboot) are warranted, but they don’t always get made. Sometimes, the stuff we’re dreading goes down in flames too. So it’s with that bittersweet spirit that we look back on a few announced projects that still haven’t been made. And might never be.

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My dad took my sister and me to a Sunday afternoon double feature once as a reward for being awesome kids. Presumably. I don’t recall how we convinced him to take us, but the bigger question here is do theaters even do double features anymore? Two movies for the price of one? Am I just that old? First up was Steven Spielberg’s E.T: The Extraterrestrial, and as expected all three of us loved it. The theater was packed, and as the end credits rolled it was clear that everyone would be staying for the second film as well. That second movie, inexplicably, was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan the Barbarian. The first hint that this might not be a good idea struck my dad around the thirty minute mark when Conan enters the dwelling of a loose woman… and his fears were confirmed three minutes later when Arnold starts thrusting his bare-ass between the naked witch’s legs. Reluctantly, my dad stood, gave the witch’s sweaty flesh one last glance, and then led us on a long walk of shame up the aisle to the exit. I tell you that so I can tell you this… my dad would not have felt it necessary to do the same thing during the brand new incarnation of Robert E. Howard‘s classic tale. It’s far more cartoonish than offensive. And that’s not even the most surprising thing about the new movie… Marcus Nispel‘s Conan the Barbarian is also a fairly entertaining and enjoyable romp filled with […]

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr flexes his rippling muscles and sets out to live a warrior lifestyle, just like Jason Momoa in Conan the O’Barbarian. But before he can do that, he has to drive a stake through his neighbor’s heart, since he’s certain he lives next door to a vampire. What else could all those sparkles be about? Meanwhile, he sends his kids off to a dangerous 3D, Aroma-Vision mission, hoping they can make it as real spy kids so they can teach him to put on a fake British accent and woo a not-quite-British Anne Hathaway.

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Marcus Nispel is known as a work-for-hire type of director. The type of filmmaker that’s brought onto a project to craft a studio’s vision versus his own. Coming from the world of Platinum Dunes’ micromanagement, he’s worked on films that are not meant for auteurs. The projects he’s been a part of are calculated products, and Nispel is more than aware of it. The Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre remaker knows how the game goes for his franchise starter films. With Conan the Barbarian, Nispel got the chance to make a different type of blockbuster: a hard-R that features a misogynistic, barbaric lead. However, the director still was a “dog on many leashes,” as he described the process. Hopefully, Nispel still managed to create a version of Conan that lives up to the idea of an R-rated tent-pole release about a barbarian who thirsts for blood. Here’s what Nispel had to say about avoiding film school, making someone else’s vision, and how filmmaking is like raising children:

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In today’s contest of wills, we have 5 contestants all trying to mean mug as best as possible. Conan (Jason Momoa) cries out in battle, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) attempts to pass a gallstone, Corin (Ron Perlman) unleashes his Planet of the Apes face, Marique (Rose McGowan) stuns with her facial tattoos, and Tamara (Rachel Nichols) didn’t get the memo that she needed to be scary. These character posters for Conan the Barbarian are actually pretty intense, showing off some solid costume and make-up design as well as the unnerving battle faces of some of its stars. Which one is the scariest?

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It’s pretty damned hilarious that parents in the 70s thought KISS was satanic. I’d love to go back in time and play them some Slipknot. Still, it’s fertile ground for horror considering the What If component of a spirit trapped in the grooves of the vinyl. Director Marcus Nispel plans to mine that ground for its horror-y goodness with Blackmask. According to Bloody Disgusting, the story goes a little something like this: “During a sex, drugs, and rock-fueled party, six small-town teenagers find an old vintage record and decide to play it backwards in order to listen for any subliminal/satanic messages. Lo and behold, a seemingly malevolent spirit quickly infiltrates the group, wreaking havoc as it moves from one body to another. Eventually, however, it’s revealed that the spirit in question is actually trying to convey a message….and that the real source of horror isn’t particularly paranormal, but rather something (or someone) much closer to home.” So a spirit locked away for decades reappears just in time to warn people of a real-life danger? Seems silly. But, it might just be cool enough to work. Nispel hasn’t just blown the doors off the cellar with his remakes of Friday the 13th (except the first 20 minutes) and Texas Chainsaw, but hopefully this will be more than the usual make-work horror that’s been coming down the pipe lately. What are the chances of that happening?

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The idea of a Conan the Barbarian reboot isn’t necessarily a bad one. The original, despite its classic status, is lots of fun but not quite a great film. It’s an epic hack-n-slash adventure filled with bloody battles, magical villains, and mountainous cleavage. The character of Conan and the tales of Robert E. Howard offer serious franchise potential (Conan the Destroyer notwithstanding) so a remake to gauge interest seems like a no-brainer. That said, the behind the scenes “talent” assembled for the new film doesn’t exactly inspire hope that they’ll deliver a big, beefy, entertaining hit. Director Marcus Nispel’s highest profile film until now was the recent Friday the 13th remake which was… not too bad all things considered. But the screenwriters’ past credits don’t fare even that well. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer previously brought us Sahara, A Sound Of Thunder, and the just opened (and just closed) Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night…

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Wipe away that mental image of Conan O’Brien slicing through bad guys, and replace it quickly with these new pictures from the Marcus Nispel-directing Conan reboot. What’s great about them? The blood. The gritting teeth. The savage nature of man escaping to cut down his foes and drink from their skull caps. Why is Jason Momoa wearing a manica for the role? It’s unclear, but check out the pictures for yourself for a glimpse at revenge lust and a few villains.

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Jason Momoa Conan

If it’s Lionsgate that is leaking all of these initial photos from the upcoming reboot Conan onto the web, it’s a somewhat brilliant marketing strategy. Another image appears on a slow news day and look at that, we’re once again talking about their movie. This time it’s two in the span of three days — two new photos of Jason Momoa looking bloody, wet and menacing as the famous barbarian.

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Jason Momoa Conan

Regular viewers of Stargate: Atlantis would tell you that Jason Momoa is a big guy. He’s always been pretty big. But as big as he’s always been, Momoa has certainly added a few pounds to his body in order to take the title role in Marcus Nispel’s Conan. How do I know this, you ask? Just look at this first official image. The guy’s got some size.

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The first images of Jason Momoa as the title character in the upcoming reboot Conan have hit the web. And we just can’t tell whether they are awesome, or maybe a little on the feminine side?

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If there was a non-technical star in Avatar, it was Stephen Lang. As Colonel Quaritch, he brought a great deal of humor and murderous prowess. James Cameron’s movie needed a great villain in order to work, and he was the perfect man for the job. Now, there’s another movie that needs a villain. And once again, Lang looks perfect for the job.

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The question everyone has wanted to ask: is Mickey Rourke crusty enough to play crazy William Smith?

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In late January, it was reported that the Marcus Nispel directed remake of Conan had found its leading man. Jason Momoa, known for his work on Stargate: Atlantis, would be filling the gigantic, fury boots of Arnold Schwarzenegger. But as we now know, they were not done casting…

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Can Momoa be our new Schwarzenegger? Can Nispel be our new John Milius?

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conan-header

I don’t find this quite as interesting as many of you might, so lets just get straight into it. Our friends over at MovieHole got their hands on the casting breakdown for the upcoming Conan reboot…

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marcusnispelconan

Some of you true horror buffs may know the name Marcus Nispel, but I’m man enough to admit that I’ve never heard of him. Or the country he’s from. “Germany” I believe it’s called.

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conan-directors

Conan has cleaved Brett Ratner in two and is now in search of a new director. Devin Faraci over at CHUD has gotten inside word on the four men in the running.

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