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. (more…)
Since returning to acting after his two terms as California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s had his share of hits and misses. Despite being nearly 68 years old, he’s still the epitome of tough, while at the same time he’s still willing to take chances, as evidenced by his recent turn in the zombie drama Maggie. As Arnold is about to be seen again everywhere in one of his most iconic roles, that of the Terminator in Terminator: Genisys, talk turns again to the possibility of taking on another of his iconic roles again, Conan. Schwarzenegger last appeared as the creation of Robert E. Howard, and artist Frank Frazetta in 1984’s Conan the Destroyer, but there’s long been talk about a reprise. And naturally, there’s now more talk courtesy of the man writing the screenplay for The Legend of Conan. (more…)
In the beginning, The Fast and the Furious was basically Point Break for street racers. But just like how the original Nightmare on Elm Street series became more about Freddy Krueger the crude jester than Feddy the monster, the Fast & Furious movies have more to do with everything else you can do in a car besides race them. Things like driving them off a plane, or ride them between buildings, or outrunning a drone. You know, regular bad ass spy stuff. Furious 7 continues the bizarre 14 year evolution of this franchise, an evolution that makes this seventh film in the series look only superficially like film that started it all in 2001. (more…)
In the divorce between writing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, it seems that while Orci will keep Star Trek, Kurtzman will continue to be a part of the Universal Studios Monsters franchise by doubling down on The Mummy, now not just as its co-screenwriter, but as its director. In what will be his directorial follow-up to the 2012 disappointment People Like Us, Kurtzman takes it on himself to not just relaunch Universal’s Mummy franchise, but to start the ball rolling in realizing a shared universe for Universal’s Monster line-up which includes Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman. (more…)
Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and pals are set to be rebooted by their original creators: Universal Pictures. Plans are in set to make cinema’s most famous fiends into an interconnected series of new films–much like Marvel has done with its superhero characters, and Warner Bros is doing with the denizens of DC comics.
But before you scorn Universal for besmirching the legacy of some of the greatest characters in filmdom with a modern-day gimmick, it’s important to remember that these characters BEGAN as part of an interconnected universe. Standalone films like Dracula and Frankenstein eventually evolved into multi-monster pictures like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House of Dracula, and House of Frankenstein.
And now, under the creative authority of Alex Kurtzman–who worked on the Transformers and Star Trek films with former partner Roberto Orci–and Fast and Furious franchise scribe Chris Morgan, the Universal Monsters are getting a long overdue silver-screen “reunion”. (more…)
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.
Sigh. Okay, so here we go again…
As previously reported, sibling film producers Megan Ellison and David Ellison announced late last year their intention to team-up to make a fifth Terminator movie. Well, one good team-up deserves another, I guess. It’s been announced that screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis and filmmaker Patrick Lussier will be putting their heads together to generate a new script.
Both writers are accomplished in their own, unique ways. Kalogridis wrote the pilots for Birds of Prey and the Bionic Woman remake, the screenplays for Alexander, Shutter Island, and James Cameron’s Battle Angel, and served as an executive producer on Avatar. Lussier, meanwhile, began as a film editor (for Wes Craven particularly) before graduating to directing the Dracula 2000 films, the My Bloody Valentine remake, and the exploitation-themed Drive Angry, which he also co-wrote. Currently, Lussier is developing Halloween III.
So what do we know about the storyline? Uh… Well, back when Justin Lin and Chris Morgan were on the project, directing and writing respectively, they intended their film to be a sequel to Terminator Salvation. Since then there’s been talk of a reboot, but a deal for that pitch was never picked up by the studio. The only thing we do know is that Megan Ellison has promised that the rating will be R, story details are, as they say, in the ether.
Still, the teaming up of Kalogridis and Lussier is, at least, interesting. I’d like to hear what they come up with before I’ll completely write-off going back to the Terminator well, but we’ll see…
More news as it develops.
While making the publicity press rounds for his latest movie The Last Stand, Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed the soon to start production movie The Legend Of Conan. Fans will be glad to hear that the movie will ignore Conan the Destroyer and the 2011 Jason Moma Conan, instead placing itself as a direct sequel to the original 1982 Conan The Barbarian. The story was conceived and most likely will be written by Chris Morgan (Fast Five) as long as any other previous commitments (Fast and Furious 7) don’t get in the way.
“Let me just say that a lot of it has to do with timing. That’s what show business and politics have in common. It’s a lot of it is timing, and I think that I would’ve chosen to do Conan already if it would’ve been ready, but the Universal studio just bought the rights to Conan, they have an executive over there that happens to be a big believer in bringing back that character, and Universal was the first one to do the movie with Dino DeLaurentiis, and now they want to be back and do a bunch of Conan movies, but do it high-quality, not as a B-movie, to do it high-quality like the first one was John Milius directed and Dino DeLaurentiis produced and Universal has presented. So they want to go back to that. So that will be ready by sometime this year.”
The Legend Of Conan is shooting for a late 2014 release date. We’ll keep our eyes out for any new developments and bring them to you here.
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.
I got chills the first time I saw the scene of an aged King Conan sitting on the throne, in the theater years ago and I pretty much get the same feeling every time I get caught up in the movie while surfing channels on a lazy weekend. It was the scene that my much younger nerdy self always wanted to see and now it is going to happen.
Universal Studios, producer Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertainment (Holder of the Conan movie rights), and Chris Morgan (Writer of the last four Fast and Furious movies) are working toward getting the movie The Legend of Conan, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, into theaters during the summer of 2014. Morgan will most likely take over the script writing chores for the movie which Malmberg describes as “Conan’s Unforgiven.”
The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle…This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.
When asked about what rating the movie might be Malmberg said:
Will that level of violence be there? Absolutely, but only if it serves a character who lives by that barbarian law of the wild, who is capable of extreme violence and rage, but who has created his own code and operates from within it. By the end of that film, Conan became a certain character, and this film picks him up there, as he faces different challenges that include dealing with age.
I’m having trouble containing my nerdy exuberance about this announcement. I just hope they can really pull off a fantastic look at an aged Conan, weary of the duties of a king and yearning to return to simpler times of mayhem and battle. One of my favorite comic book runs was King Conan. If you are interested in the character it is a great read.
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