As soon as the Terminator: Genisys worldwide tour is over, Arnold Schwarzenegger will swap his many assorted guns for a barbarian sword, a pair of sandals, a loincloth (hopefully not a literal one) and furs to bring Conan back to life on the big screen.
The 67-year-old former Governator is returning to the Hyborian Age in the long-awaited (it's been 30 years!) The Legend of Conan from producers Chris Morgan and Fredrik Malmberg, a movie that won’t be a reboot (hooray!) of the franchise, but a continuation of John Milius’ 1982 swords-and-sandals fantasy movie Conan: The Barbarian. This is what Morgan promised in an interview with The Arnold Fans:
"Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. 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 — and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian."
The Legend of Conan producer then went on to talk about the cinematic world John Milius created from Robert E. Howard’s stories and famed artist Frank Frazetta's paintings, saying:
"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."
Fredrick Malmberg also had some more interesting stuff to say about the upcoming Conan flick, adding that The Legend of Conan will be as bloodthirsty and brutal as its predecessor. He said:
"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."
But it was Chris Morgan who went on to give the most exciting piece of news in the whole interview. The producer revealed that at least three of the original cast members who appeared in the first Conan movie will be in the sequel, but he kept mum on who they might be. However, feel free to go crazy and speculate in the comments below (Subotai FTW).
Do you guys believe The Legend of Conan is in good hands with Chris Morgan and Fredrick Malmberg?
(via The Arnold Fans)