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By now you’ve already seen the new theatrical trailer for Marcus Nispel’s “Conan The Barbarian”, and if you look closely, you’ll notice that it’s hinting at some pretty hardcore stuff. And yeah, there might even be a little bare breast or two, since from the looks of two quick shots, Conan gets a little sumthin’ sumthin’ in-between all the killin’ and what have you. One thing you didn’t see in the trailer, though, was a rating for the movie.
As a screenwriter on Conan The Barbarian, I get asked this question a lot.
The world of Hyboria, as Robert E. Howard described it, is fleshy and brutal. Bloody beheadings and bare-chested slave girls abound. However, while the movie is unflinching in its depiction of barbarism, slavery and warfare, the violence and nudity emerge from the fabric of the story. It isn’t gratuitous.
Robert E. Howard’s stories, although violent and perverse for their time, were not intrusively graphic either. So this is ultimately a movie about the character Conan, a character that will hopefully launch a healthy franchise of movies with stories and characters that celebrate Howard’s work. Yes, you’ll see blood and boobs, but this isn’t a Cinemax movie; it’s epic action/fantasy.
And yes, it’s rated R.
What are the chances Hood is mistaken? It’s certainly possible, but the trailer I just saw (embedded below) sure looks like something from an R-rated movie. One can only hope, right?
We’ll know for sure when “Conan”, starring Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Raad Rawi, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp and Milton Welsh, slays in theaters August 19th.