The Legend of Conan Lives … and Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian (1982) Movie ImageIf you’ve always wanted to see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the throne that we saw him sitting on at the end of John Milius’ 1982 flick “Conan the Barbarian”, then you’re in luck, because writer Chris Morgan and Universal feel the same way. The studio and writer plan to do a direct sequel to the Milius movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Barbarian. The film would also pretend that the first “Conan” sequel, “Conan the Destroyer” never existed, along with the recent Jason Momoa reboot.

And yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirmed as returning to the role that made him an international movie star.

Here’s what Morgan had to say about “The Legend of Conan”, a film that he apparently has been wanting to make since, well, forever, to hear him tell it:

After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me. Robert E. Howard’s mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche to Atilla the Hun was layered in the original film. People say, he didn’t speak for the first 20 minutes of the film, but that was calculated in depicting this man who takes control of life with his own hand. This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.

Curiously, Morgan seems to hedge his bets when it comes to giving “The Legend of Conan” an R-rating like the original “Conan the Barbarian”:

I loved the choices they made in that film. You start with the wholesale slaughter and death of Conan’s village at the hand of the warlord played by James Earl Jones, and you see young Conan chained to a wheel as he becomes stronger. Then he’s a pit fighter, and later basically a stud bull before he meets the first kind person of his life, who lets him go. All of that horrific stuff happened for a reason, and then an act of kindness sends him on his journey. Will that level of violence be there? Absolutely, but only if it serves a character who lives by that barbarian law of the wild, who is capable of extreme violence and rage, but who has created his own code and operates from within it. By the end of that film, Conan became a certain character, and this film picks him up there, as he faces different challenges that include dealing with age.

I would say yes, that level of violence needs to be there if you want to do the character properly. Hell, even the 2011 reboot with Momoa realized that.

So when can you expect to see Arnold back decapitating people with a broadsword? The studio is hoping for as early as summer 2014, which is a tad optimistic. And besides, there may be another issue, as Morgan is already committed to writing the 7th installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, because apparently someone actually writes scripts for those movies. Go figure. I thought they just made the “plot” up as they went. You know, like the last installment. And, uh, all the other installments. People actually write scripts for those? Wow.

Via : Deadline