Conan Reboot Writer Says Conan Will Slay in all his R-Rated Goodness

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.

According to “Conan” screenwriter Sean Hood, the film is very much an R-rated movie. He writes on Quara:

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.




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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Nah definitely R-Rated. They’ve been saying it from the get-go, plus they had on set pics of those naked slave girls he mentioned. So yeah Bring on the Barbarian!!! This will ROCK!! And now I’m gonna watch the trailer again.

  • Loeildu6clone

    Et bin ça a l’air bien pourri…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H6T3FYJLH5DHM6DU2SU54WFDT4 Kelvin

    It might be an “R” rated movie…….but that doesn’t mean it is going to be “gritty”.

    The trailer makes the film look far too choreographed with the fight scenes and the use of slo mo in the trailer also doesn’t look promising for the film.

    Well at least the dialogue looks good………NOT!

    “No man shall live in chains!”

    Yeah okay we don’t expect Conan to speak Shakespeare…… but come on!

    Sorry but this movie already looked doomed to get a panning from both critics and Box Office…….and that;s from the trailer alone!

  • Cjbull3

    I mean Kelvin are you serious?? Its a trailer! For Gods sake? To me it looks epic. I mean when the Arnold Conan came out did you really think it was gonna be good either? Momoa may just be starting out in his biggest starting role in a movie, and he definately has more acting credenitals then what Arnold had come in to his first movie debut! Lets hold judgement till the movie comes out! And I will agree with you Conan is not a shakespear talking kinda guy, but give a guy a break? I don’t think the fights will all be stylzed or choreagraphed . I believe from what Ive read that it will be R-Rated how Conan should be seen on screen and will be brutal in the fighting. But for you to judge this movie like this now questions your reaction to it? Are you really a Conan fan and the works of R.E.H. books and his view of what Conan is about?..But I can’t wait to see this on screen! I have high hopes on it..And I think people will be pleasently surprised by its simple story and Momoa as Conan..and its simple graphic conan barbaric violence haha..See you By Crom!!!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Here here! Agreed 100%

      Sent on the go.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H6T3FYJLH5DHM6DU2SU54WFDT4 Kelvin

      Cjbull…….yes I am serious.
      The trailer doesn’t look good……flashy yes but not good.

      You’ve got the use of “slo mo” in the trailer so that suggest quite a bit of “slo mo” in the fight scenes……..which to me is bad news.
      From the trailer, I can already tell that the fights look pretty choreographed.
      The trailer is supposed to be a “Show case” for the film.

      “No man shall live in chains!”………already proves that the dialogue in this film is likely to be unimaginative and clichéd.

      I could be wrong……but I rather doubt it!

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  • R.E.H. fan

    Too much negativity on Kelvin’s part based on a simple trailer. Trailers don’t showcase the entirety of a movie, but simply are a collection of scenes which the producers think will appeal to the broadest audience. They often, as we have seen in the past, give us a skewed look at a movie, which may end up being quite different from the ‘tease’ we got in the trailer. Don’t judge when you have insufficient data. R.E.H. fan of yore.

    • Anonymous

      I seen the Red Band trailer……….and yes it’s bloody…….but again not really “gritty”.

      The young kid Conan kills some soldiers with a knife…….but a very choreographed fight scene and fast editing……….. Still doesn’t look that good to me, I’m afraid to say.