conananimated.gifWhen Warner Bros. dropped the ball and lost the rights to the Conan film franchise, New Line stepped up to score the rights to Robert E. Howard’s creation.

After posting a bid of mid-six against seven figures for an 18-month option with one extension, the studio entered into negotiations after CAA staged an auction for rights holder Paradox Entertainment. The property drew the interest of several studios and monied producers including Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari and Millennium Films.

Warner had been developing the movie for some time with everyone from the Wachowski’s to Robert Rodriquez making the adaptation.

Even though there have been at least three Conan films produced (Conan, Conan the Destroyer,and Red Sonja) none have come close to the spirit of the original Howard novels. Warner was working on this when its option deadline expired.

via Variety

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  1. Mark I.
    June 29, 2007 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    Wait…doesn’t Warner Bros. own New Line anyway?

  2. June 29, 2007 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Warner Bros. doesn’t own New Line… Time/Warner owns New Line and also owns Warner Bros.
    Time/Warner is nothing more than a big conglomerate, so in the grand scheme of things, Warner Bros. and New Line operate separately of one another, hence the bidding on the project.

  3. July 1, 2007 at 1:14 am — Reply

    Besides, the entire planet is owned by about six megaconglomerates whose subdivisions fistfight over the carcasses of creativity.

    Matthew – A Division of Smith/Kline/Glaxo/Proctor & Gamble/Univision.

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