It appears that King Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) will not sit uneasy on the throne in The Legend of Conan. The latest word from screenwriter Chris Morgan has the studio dropping the big budget movie amidst angst about the movie’s reception at the box office. Check out his statement below from an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Here’s what Morgan had to say when asked about The Legend of Conan:
Not so much. That’s kind of a longer story. At the end of the day, the studio decided that they weren’t gonna make that. I gotta say, it’s honestly a heartbreak. I love that first movie so much, so much, it’s one of my favorite movies. We had Will Beall do a draft on [the Legend of Conan script]. He killed it. Our take was Conan, 30 years later, a story like the Clint Eastwood Unforgiven. It was so awesome. Ultimately, the budget was big, the studio was not really sure of the title, and the relevance in the marketplace. They ended up letting it go. I think they’re gonna look to do a TV show or something with it. But just to be associated with it, pitch it to Arnold, have him get so excited, there was a moment of magic for me, personally [laughs]. You never know, down the road we may revisit!
Well shit, that blows. It looks like TLOC will join the ranks of Dredd 2 and Ghostbusters 3, movies that fans want, stars will tease, but no studio will make. That talk about a television series isn’t really anything more than a slim hope. Most likely that would mean we wouldn’t get Arnold in the title role or the scope that a big movie would have. Sure you could throw the Game of Thrones style show out there, but unless it is “R” rated it wouldn’t capture what Conan is or should be.
My 17-year-old nerdy inner self will not be Crushing my enemies, see them driven before me, or hearing the lamentation of the women!