Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Back as Conan the Barbarian

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film -- Date: 28 Oct 2012 Comments: 0

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If you’ve had a hard time forgetting the crapfest that was the Conan the Barbarian remake that starred the equally awful Jason Momoa, you’ll be happy to know help is out there. Universal Pictures has set Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to produce a direct sequel to the original film a new Conan and bring back the franchises original star to the titular role.

That’s right Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back once again in The Legend Of Conan which is tentatively set for a 2014 release. The original 1982 Conan the Barbarian was Schwarzenegger’s breakout role which lead to the Terminator series and his eventual takeover of the action movie genre.

Luckily, like in the way Rocky Balboa skipped over Rocky V and Terminater Salvation skipped Terminator 3 the producers plan to completely forget about the 2011 Momoa remake with a direct sequel to the original film.

Greatest thing about this develepment is that Malmberg already knows where the story is heading and it sounds pretty good,
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.

“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.

“I loved the choices they made in that film,” Morgan said. “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.”

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