Producer Chris Morgan & Arnold Schwarzenegger Promise “Hideous And Unbelievable Things” For ‘The Legend of Conan’
I’ve been jonesin’ to see a King Conan movie since the first Conan movie hit theaters back in 1982, yes, I am that old. “Many wars and feuds did Conan fight. Honor and fear were heaped upon his name and, in time, he became a king by his own hand… And this story shall also be told,” then we caught a glimpse of an aged Conan on the throne. I still have the entire run of Marvel‘s King Conan series in my collection, so when word started making the Internet rounds about The Legend of Conan, I was excited. Now that we all know it is happening sooner rather than later, we’re starting to hear some bits and pieces on what the movie will be about. This time around producer Chris Morgan and the movie’s star Arnold Schwarzenegger clue us in on some possibilities.
Let’s start with Schwarzenegger. He recently chatted with Nerd Report and had this to say:
I was hoping to do another one, and I [liked] the idea of Conan having been king for a long time, then just threw it all away and went into retirement and went off into the mountains. That whole idea always appealed to me. Then of course he gets asked back because of some hideous and unbelievable things that are happening to the kingdom. So that’s when the battle begins again.
That ties in with what producer and screenwriter Chris Morgan said about the movie back in February of this year:
I want the warrior whose joints have started to fuse together, who has to crack the cartilage so he can pick up a sword again. I want the guy who’s not necessarily lost a step, but there’s some rust he has to shake off. I want to embrace that. It makes it a greater hero story.
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.
That all sounds good to me. If you’ve ever read David Gemmell‘s Legend then you know that is exactly the type of movie that The Legend of Conan should be. The aged hero, more myth than fact now, a body betraying him as he makes his last stand, incredible stuff that would translate well on the big screen. Schwarzenegger is perfect to bring this to the big screen now.
Once Arnold wraps up the press tour for Terminator: Geynsis I would expect him to start working on The Legend of Conan. Hopefully we’ll start to see some per-production stuff soon.