Variety is reporting that Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) is set to direct Bran Mak Morn, an adaptation of the Robert E. Howard fantasy that Working Title Films partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are mounting as an epic with screenwriter John Romano penning the script.
Howard is the creator of such fantasy novels and comics as Conan the Barbarian and King Kull, and Variety reports that while Bran Mak Morn is lesser known it is comparable in scope. The story mixes the historical with the fantastical as the title character, a mythical king of ancient Britain, forges an alliance with supernatural troops to contest the unstoppable forces of the Roman Empire.
The film wil be Berg’s first venture into fantasy as he is coming off such recent directorial outings as Friday Night Lights and The Rundown as well as an acting role in last year’s Collateral as homicide detective Richard Weidner. Berg was quoted by Variety saying, “I’ve always been a big fan of action fantasy, loved Conan as a kid and had been looking for something with that kind of scope and muscularity.”
Berg is also currently set to direct the videogame adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “Splinter Cell” as well as the Michael Mann produced The Kingdom of which John Romano is also writing. The fate of Splinter Cell is up in the air however as Berg hopes Bran Mak Morn will be his follow-up to The Kingdom, which is currently expected to be released in 2006.