Brett Ratner quits Conan May 11, 2009 Brett Ratner Off ‘Conan’ Remake; James McTeigue In? Brett Ratner has left the director’s chair for the Conan remake. The Rush Hour filmmaker reportedly departed the barbarian epic due to a scheduling clash. “We’re currently in the process of hiring a director,” producer Joe Gatta told Empire. “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.” It’s being reported that the producers have approached V for Vendetta director James McTeigue to take on the project.