Arnold Schwarzenegger is more than happy to do a cinematic nostalgia tour. This summer he reboots in “Terminator Genisys,” “Twins” sequel “Triplets” is in development, and in case you forgot, there’s “The Legend Of Conan.” At one point, it was promised that the movie would shoot before the end of 2013, and while that didn’t happen, there are big plans with hopes for a new trilogy (obviously). Of course, Arnie is quite a bit older than he was in 1982 when “Conan The Barbarian” dropped, but the plan is to ignore the subsequent films, and for “The Legend Of Conan” to be straight up sequel. And writer Chris Morgan (“Fast Five,” “Furious 6,” “Furious 7“) has some grand aspirations.
“Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later,” he told 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 — and is now an older man. Think ‘Unforgiven‘…with a sword-wielding barbarian.” Morgan also adds that at least three more characters from the original film will return, and, overall, everyone wants to do justice to the film’s predecessor and the fans who love it.
“Our marching orders from the studio were to create a film worthy as a successor to the 1982 film, which was pretty brutal,” producer Fredrik Malmberg said. “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.”
Yet, for all this excitement, there’s still no word on when this movie might actually shoot. But apparently, location scouting is already happening, so it seems the wheels are turning for Arnie to put on his warrior face (at least) one more time.