Empire caught up with Conan producer Joe Gatta, who confirmed that Ratner is no longer set to helm a new adventure of writer Robert E. Howard’s barbarian swordsman.
We’re currently in the process of hiring a director. For the past six months we were discussing the movie with Brett Ratner, and for more timing issues than anything else we had to part ways with Brett. We all wanted him to do it, believe me; just the timing didn’t work. But you never know what can happen.
Even though they’re still looking for a director, Gatta is still hoping that Conan will start filming on August 24th in Bulgaria.
Of course, this still leaves Ratner free to still ruin Beverly Hills Cop IV, the Hugh Hefner bio-pic Playboy, a Boys From Brazil remake, Hong Kong Phooey, the comic book adaptations Youngblood and Harbinger and many others.