– by Joseph Jammer Medina

You might recall that Hollywood attempted to reboot Conan a few years ago, with a new take that starred Jason Momoa. That attempt didn’t go so well. Then, as Arnold Schwarzenegger left public office and dove back into being a movie star, word came out that he was not only revisiting Terminator but that he was also planning on picking up the sword and playing Conan The Barbarian again. Now fan site, The Arnold Fans, has had a chance to speak with the writers and producers of Legend of Conan to get details on how that’s coming along.

For starters, writer Chris Morgan, known for writing several Fast & Furious pictures, says we shouldn’t expect the same lighthearted “popcorn” tone he’s used for those movies. He and the producers all state that the studio came to them and said they want this film to be a continuation of what John Milius created with the iconic Conan The Barbarian back in 1982. “A light-hearted Conan?! CROM! No. Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later,” he tells The Arnold Fans. “When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend â€” and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian.

Morgan then expanded on this idea:

“Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear — incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world. To make it worthy. And to expand on it in a truthful way that audiences will embrace. We’re very lucky that the architects of this new film — the writer, the producers, the studio and most of all, Arnold — who is Conan — are all first-generation fans who either worked on the film or who came along for the ride, cheering from their theater seats opening night. We plan nothing more than to immerse ourselves in the world Milius envisioned from Robert E. Howard’s unforgettable stories and Frank Frazetta’s stunning artwork. I can’t give specifics (nobody likes a spoiler!), but know we are honoring the locales, the religions and the traditions of the ’82 film.”

He also teased that “at least three” other characters from the original film are present in the current script.

Producer Fredrik Malmberg also affirms the team’s commitment to creating a worthy follow-up the first film- with that vision coming straight from Universal Pictures:

“Our marching orders from the studio were to create a film worthy as a successor to the 1982 film, which was pretty brutal. To Conan it’s not about fancy sword moves; it’s about the fastest and most effective way of disposing of your enemy. A dance of death, maybe, at least primal. In my opinion, Conan is beloved because of his political incorrectness. He doesn’t think, he just acts. People can relate to the freshness of somebody who doesn’t give a damn about civilization — in fact, despises it. At the same time he is a magnificent fighter, leader and friend.”

While it remains to be seen whether or not they’ll be able to recreate the magic of the original film, it’s at least comforting to know what they’re going for. If all goes according to plan, production for Legend of Conan could ramp up as soon as this fall. 

You excited to see Arnie get his 67-year-old Clint Eastwood-in-Unforgiven on?

SOURCE: The Arnold Fans

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.