More 'Conan' News -- Blackman, McCain Pegged As Screenwriters

ConanMore news outta Hollywood concerning everyone's favorite Barbarian -- according to a story reported on, Lionsgate has reportedly hired screenwriters Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain to rework the script for the currently in development "Conan" film, planned to be a big-budget, R-rated revamp of the classic berserker created by Robert E. Howard.

This comes hot on the heels of Djimon Hounsou's comments about another "Conan"-based film, "Thulsa Doom," rumors about possible directors for "Conan," as well as the reports that Mike O’Hearn (Titan from "American Gladiators") had possibly landed the lead role.

No strangers to the world of epic fantasy, Blackman and Howard are also the screenwriters behind the upcoming film "Amazon," about a female gladiator who exacts vengeance on an army that destroyed her homeland. Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been attached to the project.

CEO and president of Paradox Entertainment, Fredrik Malmberg, who is producing the feature, hopes that the time is right for a "Conan" revamp for theaters. "Fans expect [these types of movies] to be more true to the source material," Malmberg said. "There's no reason there couldn't be a 'Conan' movie every two years. He's almost like Batman: He's a dark hero. He's a hard hero. He has to be badass, but we also have to like him."

Are you ready to get your Barbarian on with a new Conan flick? Let us know what you think in the comments.