It was happy days for me when I heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be coming back to reprise his role as Conan so that they could finish off the story that began back in 1982. Now, however, it looks like they want to take it one step further. According to the powers-that-be, The Legend of Conan may just be the start of a fully-fledged trilogy, all featuring Arnie. Check out the whole story after the jump.
According to Fredrik Malmberg, the CEO of Paradox Entertainment (those are the guys that snatched up the Conan rights):
“We have a great story. This is a role that’s perfect for [Arnold] and he’s very involved with the whole Universal team. Arnold has been very instrumental to bringing this together saying, ‘We gotta make a good Conan!’ I think if we do this right, we can do two more Conan movies right after. I think Game Of Thrones also shows a huge interest in fantasy. I’m psyched about it.”
“The idea is that this takes place after Conan has been king. But this is the legend of Conan where he has been gone and people say, ‘Do you remember the good ol’ days when Conan was around?’ And now it’s time for him to come back.”
Of course, there is a horror story behind this triumphant return of the King of Barbarians. The script for the new Conan movie has been written by Chris Morgan, the “brain” behind such horrific IQ-reducing films as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious 6 and yes, even the new Fast and Furious 7.
But Malmberg, naturally, seems to think this is a good thing:
We’re doing the script and it’s by the whole ‘Fast and the Furious’ team, which is great for a power position of the studio because they’re extremely successful – it was the biggest movie and if anyone knows how to build a franchise, it is that team. It’s Chris Morgan and Jeffery Kirschenbaum, the head of Universal. Arnold is very excited. It’s just in the phase where it takes a lot of work to get the script just right.
I’m sorry, but phrases like “power position” and “build a franchise” drive a spike of pain right into my heart. Alas, while Conan may be back and may even be back for three movies (given that Arnie’s heart holds out), I’m guessing we’re in for three really bad action films with zero heart.
Anyone else got an opinion on the Conan trilogy idea?
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.