While Sony tries to recover from hacking attacks and the aftermath of its decision to pull Seth Rogan and James Franco‘s The Interview from theaters, the movie business still goes on. Sony has just closed a deal that might result in a new franchise for the embattled studio. Robert Rodriquez will direct a live action Fire and Ice movie based on the animated movie by Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi.
I’ll be honest, I hadn’t much faith in this movie when it was first announced; the trailers didn’t particularly excite me either. Prior to viewing, I was decidedly against favoring this reboot because I hold such a high regard to the original 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger version. Arnie’s Conan offered more than gratuitous nudity, tons of violence and oiled musclemen, it was a philosophical epic. It’s a film of great resonance and subtlety. This NEW Conan, directed by Marcus Nispel, does not even come close to matching the grandeur and significance of the original, but I don’t think it was ever meant to. What we have here is an alternative Conan. One that stands on it’s own context and one that is arguably truer to the original Robert E. Howard novels. Much to my surprise, it’s a pulpy piece of action/adventure goodness.
The story is this; as Morgan Freeman tells us: Conan is a young Cimmerian man cast adrift in the world by the brutal murder of his father and the destruction of his village. Driven by the need to avenge himself upon the evil Khalar Zym, Conan learns to steal, seduce, and fight his way to his goals. He soon discovers, however, that there are greater things at stake than his own personal quest: an unearthly malevolence stalks the world, and it may be up to Conan himself to save Hyboria from ruin.
I’ve had a man crush on Jason Momoa since I first saw him as the horse ridin’ Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Admittedly, my penis instantly inverts into a mangina when I see this man, who IMO is the embodiment of bad-assery. That latter assertion is certainly evident here. He’s lean, mean and he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Momoa IS Conan the Barbarian. Rough, tough, gruff (goddamn I love rhyming) calculating and cool. Momoa embodies the barbarian and swashbuckling aspects of the character. A worthy successor to the Cimmerian’s throne.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you and to hear the lamentations of their women… and the new one-sheet for ‘Conan The Barbarian’, which looks awesome. Bringing back the adventures of Conan, originally portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, now starringit looks like there’s a new barbarian on the block. Going from Stargate: Atlantis to shouldn’t be too hard though, he’s just trading in his gun for a really sharp sword.
Now, Lionsgate Entertainment has released the official one-sheet poster for the upcoming remake directed by Marcus Nispel. A bad-ass homage to the late, great fantasy artist
Check out the full one-sheet after the jump.
World renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has passed away this afternoon at a hospital near his home in Boca Grande, Florida. He was 82. At this time there is no official report on the cause of death but he had been in poor health for quite some time, suffering several strokes in recent years.
Frazetta was famous for his works on paperback covers, movie posters and other commercial works, including those of the Conan the Barbarian series. He was also know for his illustrations of Edgar Rice Burroughs characters such as Tarzan and John Carter of Mars.
His style, which depicted muscular warriors and scantily-clad woman often lock in combat with deadly beasts, became the definition of fantasy and science fiction.
On a personal note, while some had national geographic as their first glimpse of a naked lady. I had Frank Frazetta’s art. Because of this man I am and will forever will be a pervert. Mr. Frazetta you will be missed.
Click after the jump to view a small collection of his incredible art.