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Lionsgate to Handle Conan

Published January 10, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Millennium Films.
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Nu Image/Millennium Films won't be going it alone with Conan. The studio has teamed up with Lionsgate to take of domestic distribution.

Conan Gets Help from Lionsgate

The first film in what looks to be a booster for a new franchise will be written by writing team Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. The duo has wrote scripts for films such as Sahara, which I found to be a terrific and fun adventure film, and Cowboys & Aliens.

Conan is expected to enter production by the end of the year, but that all depends on the strike. Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner confirmed that he is in discussions to make a WGA deal akin to those brokered with United Artists and the Weinstein Co. Such a pact would speed up the process.

"It's a possibility, though I haven't studied it enough to make a final decision," Lerner told Daily Variety. "The whole strike is stupid, in my opinion. They approached us, indirectly, to make some kind of deal, and we are looking at it."

Nu Image expects that the film will cost somewhere near $100 million. It is the most ambitious film that the (smaller) banner has ever undertaken.

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