It seems we can take a project off of Bret Ratner's slate, for now. According to Los Angeles Times, it seems that the official announcement of Bret Ratner directing the new Conan film was "premature." Here's what Ratner himself said.

"Let me make this very clear," he told me. "I am not doing Conan now. This is totally premature. For now, Conan is only a development deal. I have a deal at Paramount and I'm doing Beverly Hills Cop IV first, no matter what. Avi (Lerner) shouldn't be telling you or anyone else in the press what I'm doing." RELATED: Conan Ends Late Night Run with Help from Will Ferrell and Jack Black

Producer Avi Lerner, who issued the original release, admitted that the deal was not finalized when the release was sent out.

"We still have a few obstacles," he said. "Brett is only committed if we agree on a budget, on how to do the special effects and exactly where we'd shoot the film."

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