The Conan the Barbarian remake rounded up a mere $10 million in box office receipts over its opening weekend. The film, which cost $90 million to produce and debuted on some 3,000 screens, is a flop by any measure. Now, one of the four writers credited with penning the script bemoans the taste of failure.
Sean Hood gives a lengthy and brutally honest account of what it was like to contribute to the Conan the Barbarian script, only for it to fail at the box office and be attacked by critics…
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.
He’s lean, mean and he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Jason Momoa IS the new Conan the Barbarian. Directed by Marcus Nispel, the latest feature from Lionsgate has released their Red-Band trailer for the sword swinging barbarian and it’s definitely something else. Sword play, violence and no one-liners, it’s almost like heaven, but with liquor and wenches. I for one an amped for this action fest, I think it looks true to the character. Other bastards here DO NOT think the same. Luke Gallagher thought it looked like “Conan got tossed in a blender with ‘The Mummy’ and Van Helsing'”. What do you think? Are you pumping your fist in the air, or do you hold the original Conan flick to such high regard that you cannot allow yourself to enjoy this?
Also starring Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Raad Rawi Fassir, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp and Milton Welsh.
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The R-rated fantasy action film hits 3D and 2D theaters August 19th.
So think 300 but bloodier (if that’s even possible) and you’ve the latest film adaptation of Conan the Barbarian. Being brought to us by Marcus Nispel best known for his 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (yes, the one with Jessica Biel and YES she looks super hot) Conan is full of one liners and lots of action. And although I was a fan of TCM I’m not too sure about this blood obsessed Conan. At least lead Jason Momoa is looking pretty damn hot; So if you can stomach all the gore, at least there’s something for the ladies! Conan also stars Rachel Nichols,Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Raad Rawi Fassir, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp and Milton Welsh. Check out the trailer here!
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 starring Jason Mamoa, it looks like there’s a new barbarian on the block. Going from Stargate: Atlantis to Cimmerian warrior 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 Frank Frazetta, if I may say.
A few months ago, we got the news that the Hawaiian-Irish bra, Jason Momoa (Baywatch, Stargate: Atlantis), was cast as Conan for the upcoming 2011 Conan film that is directed by Marcus Nispel (2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2009’s Friday the 13th). There has been mixed reactions to Momoa being cast as Conan and who knows if these pics will change your opinion or not. Check out after the jump to see bigger images of the leaked photos.