'300' FX Team Joins 'Conan'

ConanAs “Conan” gets closer to making his return to the big screen, two of the top FX alumni from Zack Snyder’s “300” adaptation have joined the project.

Shaun Smith has signed on as a creature designer on “Conan” and Scott Wheeler will head up the makeup department. In addition to their time on “300”, Smith created makeup FX for “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “The Forbidden Kingdom” while Wheeler has worked extensively on two “Star Trek” movies, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and Joss Whedon’s upcoming film “The Cabin in the Woods.”

"As you might expect I really can't say much except it looks really cool and we are excited to be a part of it," Smith related to Mania.com. “Conan” is expected to begin filming in Bulgaria next February.

Fan anticipation for the new “Conan” film has been building since last year when it was announced that there would be a new big budget R-rated adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s famed Cimmerian barbarian. Brett Ratner had been tapped to direct the reboot before “Friday The 13th” director Marcus Nispel stepped in to replace him.

Early reports indicate that the studio wants to make multiple “Conan” films and other Howard properties like “Red Sonja” and “Solomon Kane” are also coming to movie theaters in the near future.

What do you think about the latest “Conan” announcements? Do you think the film should be done in the same vein as “300” or should it forge its own path? How do you feel about the multiple sword and sorcery films coming up? Sharpen your blades in the comments section below or carve your legend on Twitter!