By now, most of us who love Conan know that there’s a third movie in the works – a proper movie, that is, not that rubbish with Jason Momosa that almost made me cry man-tears. This one, being put together by Universal and producer Chris Morgan, will follow the aging character as he deals with the final days of his life. Aptly titled The Legend of Conan, the project is still relatively new and people are wondering about the details. Luckily for us, Morgan had a few things to say recently.
About Arnold Schwarzenegger’s returning to the role of the barbaric Cimmerian warrior:
To put yourself out there in your 60s? As Conan the Barbarian? I could see why he’d hesitate. You’re really putting yourself out there.
About what we may see Conan going up against in the new flick:
Conan needs to be faced with challenges. The greatest challenge to him isn’t the armies that are set before him. It’s, on some level, self-doubt, a little bit of slowing down and forcing yourself to be heroic beyond what people expect of you. What I don’t want is for him to step back in and look the same. That would defeat the purpose of our story.
And to answer some concerns from fans:
Not a reboot, not a remake. Just an update. Where has the character been all this time? A catch-up with Conan.
So far the general synopsis has Conan well into his later years and ruling a kingdom. He’s put down his sword for the most part, but when the shit hits the fan he’s forced to go kick some heads in. But if what Morgan says about exploring Conan’s psyche is true, we may have an actual complex film on our hands. Hopefully, he takes his job seriously and there won’t be a repeat of the Conan the Destroyer formula – a film more fit for 12-year-olds than actual Conan fans.
So far no script, but there’s a tentative release date of 2014. What do you out there in NerdReader land think? Is it possible to make a great Conan film and finish out the story? Or will we have a repeat of the eye-candy and no-plot Conan reboot from last year?
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.