By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
Though Warner Bros. made more than a fair share of skrilla at the box office with half leather half naked men in 300, the studio still decided to drop the film rights to Conan the Barbarian. Anybody to pick it up?
New Line to Bodybuild with Conan the Barbarian
Only weeks after Warner Bros. released Conan onto the market, New Line has already stepped in to acquire.
Not dismayed by Warner Bros' inability to create a plausible script for the project -- they made multiple attempts over seven years -- New Line could inherit Conan the Barbarian for mid-six to seven figures. CAA staged an auction for the rights with a $1 million (per year) asking price. Though studios are definitely showing interest, it is unlikely that any would agree to a ticking clock. Add in the fact that another writers strike could be coming and the franchise could end up draining money from whatever studio acquires it.
Warner Bros. does have quite a few scripts ready to go for Conan -- thanks to the help of the Wachowski Brothers, John Milius and even Robert Rodriguez -- but these will remain with the studio. Hence, New Line will have to start from scratch if they plan to move forward with the franchise.