Announced back in 2012, after Arnold Schwarzenegger finished his run as Governor of California, was The Legend of Conan; the film was meant to follow up the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian (directed by John Milius) and largely ignore Conan the Destroyer and the 2011 reboot. While Arnold has gone on to revitalize his film career by appearing in numerous movies in the four years since, Legend was only reconfirmed, claiming production would begin in the fall of 2015. That didn’t happen; however, the film certainly is still in the works, and one of the writers went on to confirm some details.
Will Beall (Gangster Squad), who just finished up work on the new Training Day and is working on the highly anticipated Aquaman, went out of his way to talk a bit about the project, to which he is also attached with co-writer Chris Morgan, known for his work on the last four Fast and Furious films, as well as 2008’s Wanted. Beall spoke about the film’s opening, and how it will mirror the ending of the original film.
“It opens there. It opens with this [hand on the chin]. It’s where you have to. It’s the sequel that we were promised and never got. I’m 11 when my father took me to see Conan the Barbarian which you should never take an 11-year-old kid to. It was a life changing thing. It’s an unbelievable movie. It comes back to [director John] Milius, right? There’s nobody better and it’s a real movie. It’s a truthful movie. Chris and I from the very beginning said there’s no reason to do it unless it’s a worthy sequel to Milius’s Conan and I think we’ve got that. I really do.”
Fredrik Malmberg, the film’s producer, revealed last year that he had acquired the rights to all of the original Conan stories by original author Robert E. Howard. He, along with the aforementioned Chris Morgan, spoke about how they intend to keep the new film close to the style and tone of Milius’ project, by having the film R-rated. Now all it needs is to finally start filming.