With his return to the big screen after serving as the governator of California, it was inevitable that Arnold Schwarzenegger would reprise his iconic role of Conan. In fact, we reported that this was going to happen back in 2012. While at the time it was expected that Arnold would take up Conan before Terminator, and that it would be released in 2014, it does seem that The Legend of Conan is a for-sure project now. IMDB has it listed as being “announced” and Point of Geeks has spoken to producer/co-writer Chris Morgan, who said:
A light-hearted Conan?! CROM! No. 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… 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.
If you remember, Conan the Barbarian ended with an elder Conan sitting upon his throne, making this sequel a logical step and not as corrupt for Arnold to reprise his role as it is for him to become T-800 once again.
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