Brett Ratner Speaks Out About His 'Conan' Departure

ConanHe's already had his way with Marvel's mutants and he's about to dive into the world of Rob Liefeld's "Youngblood" (with Robert Pattinson at the helm, if the director has any say in the matter) but there's one comic book character that has eluded director Brett Ratner.

For some time, Ratner was attached to direct the upcoming "Conan" movie, which he described as neither an homage or a remake, but a new exploration of the Cimmerian's classic roots. But sooner than you could pray to Crom, the "X-Men: The Last Stand" director was off the project, with Marcus Nispel taking his place.

"I really wanted to do that," Ratner confessed to MTV News about his departure from the "Conan" movie. "I'm sad about it, because I loved the script."

Ratner's love for Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly's script is no secret, as he explained to MTV News back in March: "The script is very cool, contemporary ... [it's] going back to the original source material—the mythology of the characters."

While the plot details remain under wraps, it is known that the film "opens on the battlefield where Conan is born and tells the origin story that sets the stage for what will be the first of multiple films," according to Millennium Film's Avi Lerner.

Given the secrecy surrounding the project, it's hard to say whether or not the material was right for Ratner's directorial vision. Regardless, the "Rush Hour" filmmaker insisted that his departure didn't stem from creative or professional disagreements, but rather his own busy film slate.

"It just didn't work out—scheduling and stuff," he said. "It's an incredible project, and Marcus will do a great job."

What do you make of Ratner's departure from "Conan"? Would you have preferred his vision or are you a fan of Marcus Nispel? Let us know who you'd prefer as the film's director in the comments!