When word broke that Arnold Schwarzenegger would return to Conan the Barbarian, the series that made him a star in the '80s, fans were admittedly curious to see how the 65-year-old star would make it all work. Now we know.
The Legend of Conan screenwriter-producer Chris Morgan opened up to Hero Complex about what's coming next for the sequel, which is set in "real time" several decades after the original film.
Morgan stressed it's not a remake or a reboot. Instead, they're exploring what type of journey Conan would have as a seasoned leader nearing the end of his reign.
Of course, that doesn't mean there won't be some action:
"He's not going out and fighting battles, but he ends up getting drawn into something. And he has to access the barbarian he was in his youth. I love that Conan has been many things in his life, notably a pirate, a major tactician and a commander of men. In this movie, we're going to tap into some of those things - things you haven't seen on screen yet...We're anxious to see how well Schwarzenegger can shake off that rust, but if anyone can still kick ass as a senior citizen, it's Ahnold.
I want the warrior whose joints have started to fuse together, who has to crack the cartilage so he can pick up a sword again. I want the guy who's not necessarily lost a step, but there's some rust he has to shake off. I want to embrace that. It makes it a greater hero story."
More than the battle he'll face in the film, Morgan said Conan's greatest enemy this time around is his self-doubt about his own limitations:
"Conan needs to be faced with challenges. The greatest challenge to him isn't the armies that are set before him. It's, on some level, self-doubt, a little bit of slowing down and forcing yourself to be heroic beyond what people expect of you. What I don't want is for him to step back in and look the same. That would defeat the purpose of our story."Sounds intriguing, and we can't wait to see how this one works out. What do you think? Are you game for a throwback, thinking man's 1980s action flick?
(Via Hero Complex)