The key to being a successful director in Hollywood is a simple one: book your next gig before your current movie comes out. That way you can get hired on momentum and if your new movie ends up tanking, oh well, you've signed on the doted line already. Now this isn't to say that the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot is destined to fail at the box office - it'll actually probably do fairly well, especially considering it was made on the relative cheap - but Marcus Nispel is smart to lock down a new movie months before the Jason Momoa-led remake hits theaters.
We don't know a whole lot about Nispel's new gig, only that it's titled Backmask, is to be written by Kristen Elms and, according to Deadline, "involves paranoia, possession and the paranormal." Given the title, however, it's not a crazy leap of faith to assume that it will involve hidden messages in media (most likely some kind of Internet video) causing listeners to suffer some manner of homicidal episode.
Steven Schneider is on board as a producer, which should be reassuring news to anyone who is a fan of either Paranormal Activity or Insidious (which, believe it or not, is, financially, the most successful box office release so far this year). If you're not a fan of either of those fright house flicks, however, news that Schneider is teaming with the director of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th remakes will only make things worse. Personally I think this is a deal that shows a lot of promise. Producers like Schneider and Jason Blum are an increasingly rare breed: champions of small, modestly budgeted horror films that aren't remakes, reboots or cash-ins.
Update: It looks like Bloody-Disgusting actually had the scoop on this last week, complete with significantly more plot info: