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



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  • wolfdaddy21

    This is going to be Epic…..

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

    I have mixed feelings about this. The Nostalgia ridden kid from the 80′s would love to see this. The adult that’s more aware of the character’s history and such is groaning. I grew up with Arnold as Conan. I read some of the stories later in life, but read some of the Dark Horse comics and loved them. Arnold is NOT Conan. He’s too big and too slow. Her was even back when Conan came out. I mean sure he looked impressive holding that sword, but in action he was like molasses. Sadly the remake didn’t do well in theatres, as Momoa was spot on in the part. He had the right look, and build, the agility, and the savagery. Now that said I guess I can get behind this as it will be an older Conan and that would make for an interesting story, but again Arnold is no longer my ideal Conan.

    • wolfdaddy21

      I can agree on that, I love the Conan stories and yes Arnold is too big or was when you read how Howard described Conan. But Arnold did capture the depression and love of battle I think. I like the newer Conan as well, to me its weakest point was the villain, He wasn’t imposing at all even his name wasn’t, rose McGowan was more memorable. I felt it would have been better served having either Ron Pearlman be the villian or Tony Todd as Toth Amon. In terms of the slowness the choreography wasn’t as advanced then (time and effort is what I mean) and they modeled Conan more on the Frazzeta images than Howards descriptions. All that being said I am still excited for this Conan is the film that got me started my interest in swords, now I have a huge collection and training under my belt. I Would love to see a variation of “The Phoenix in the Sword” done

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

        Oh don’t get me wrong I still love the original Conan, and I’m well aware of the choreography issue. It’s the very same issue with the Star Wars films fight scenes. You are also spot on about the remakes biggie weakness being the villain. I like Land, but he didn’t bring it like he shouldve. Your casting of Tony Todd as Toth Amon would’ve rocked but been too close to the original. I do look forward to this though. Just sad they didnt give Mamoa a second film.

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          The Conan remake with Mamoa was a bad movie with high production value. This probably isn’t his fault alone, but he didn’t seem to own to the character. He didn’t seem to inhabit the character, therefore making his performance lackluster. Kind of felt he like walked off the set of Game of Thrones and played the same character. The kid that played young conan in the village had the intensity that you would expect to see in a Cimmarrian.

      • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

        For better or worse, it’s Frazzeta’s depiction of Conan that drives the art direction and look of Conan.

        Any Conan movie needs to be rated R. Its Conan is the greatest barbarian in literature. They need the naked & nubile women slaves and the buckets of the blood and guts that follow him.

        • wolfdaddy21

          Agreed, and for better or worse barbarians in fiction for the last 30 some years have been modeled after Frazzeta’s art. He-Man, Thundarr, Blackstar etc. so sad the newer generations now call those images homoerotic….

          • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

            Personally, I think it’s for the better. You can’t get any more barbarian like than a Frazzeta barbarian.

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

            Agreed! You could make whole stories based on one of his pictures.

  • Jose Filion

    I can’t wait – I was a little disappointed with the reboot but it was alright but they should do like a sequel to the last one (not the reboot) him old just chillin in a little kingdom and then take off from there lol

    • wolfdaddy21

      it has been stated this will be a direct sequel to The first film and it will look over the second

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

        I can dig that I guess. If I’m going to have Arnold back in the role at least it will continuing the story of Conan after he becomes king. I really want this to be good. Who would you guys like to see direct?