While I'm largely indifferent to the bulk of his filmography, I am a big fan of director Marcus Nispel's Friday the 13th remake (though I can certainly understand why others aren't), so I've been curious to see what his penchant for hard-hitting violence delivered at the hands bulky, brooding men would bring to the Conan the Barbarian remake. The original teaser trailer didn't show us much, but now Yahoo has premiered the first full trailer for the film, and much to my surprise it looks nothing like a Nispel film. The cinematography is bright, the sets are big and open and almost every single character seems to be wearing a make-up appliance of some kind. And even though I'm a fan of F13, I'm actually quite relieved it doesn't look like a prototypical Nispel film.
I was afraid this would look like the director's forgettable Vikings versus Native Americans flick, Pathfinder. Instead it looks like a halfway point between Centurion and Solomon Kane, filled with rather promising character and fantasy work. Stephen Lang as the big bad? Rose McGowan as an ugly, creepy witch? The stunning Rachel Nichols as his love interest? And Jason Momoa (who is killing it as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones) as the bulky, brooding beast of a man? I'm game.
My only concern at this point is that the trailer reveals the limited scope of the movie. This isn't a massive, journey-led adventure like Clash of the Titans. Unless Millenium Films is playing their cards very close to their chest (and I doubt they are), it looks like there are, for budget reasons, only a handful of major locations in the movie. And while I'm totally okay with that, I wonder if fans will want a bit more epic in their epic fantasy movies. But what say you?