I got chills the first time I saw the scene of an aged King Conan sitting on the throne, in the theater years ago and I pretty much get the same feeling every time I get caught up in the movie while surfing channels on a lazy weekend. It was the scene that my much younger nerdy self always wanted to see and now it is going to happen.
Universal Studios, producer Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertainment (Holder of the Conan movie rights), and Chris Morgan (Writer of the last four Fast and Furious movies) are working toward getting the movie The Legend of Conan, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, into theaters during the summer of 2014. Morgan will most likely take over the script writing chores for the movie which Malmberg describes as “Conan’s Unforgiven.”
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…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.
When asked about what rating the movie might be Malmberg said:
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.
I’m having trouble containing my nerdy exuberance about this announcement. I just hope they can really pull off a fantastic look at an aged Conan, weary of the duties of a king and yearning to return to simpler times of mayhem and battle. One of my favorite comic book runs was King Conan. If you are interested in the character it is a great read.
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