By Jeff Labrecque
Updated June 12, 2009 at 04:35 PM EDT

Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) will direct the long-awaited Conan the Barbarian remake. Variety reports that the filmmaker will begin Conan late this year in Bulgaria and South Africa, ending nine years of false starts. The script was written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose credits include Sahara.