Robert E. Howard
Many nerds view Sword And Sorcery as the weird, closet-hippie grandpa of the fantasy genre: delivered in an episodic manner, the stories of the genre featured swashbuckling adventures galore, the occasional crossover with the Lovecraft Mythos and an overall tongue-in-cheek tone that poked fun at its heroes and authors even as it made them into staples of the genre. Conan the Cimmerian (created by fantasy mastermind Robert E. Howard) is the poster-child of the genre, still recognizable even among the most cynical of nerds.
Some would argue that the only reason he even came to dominate today’s pop culture was due to his legendary silver screen debut in 1982 with Conan The Barbarian, where he was first incarnated by future California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, followed by the less-than stellar 1984 sequel, Conan the Destroyer, which pretty much killed the franchise in one fell swoop. There However, there is one last bit of really, really good news for all you old-school Sword And Sorcery fans out there…
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.
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Yes, we know you’re tired of remakes, but watch this trailer, it just might give you a serious nerd-boner for the new, Conan the Barbarian. It’s a splendid send-up of the classic ‘sword ‘n’ sandals’ genre but where those could be campy this is gritty and brimming with action. The special effects aren’t looking too shabby either, which is really important because movies like these live or die on their quality CGI. The new Conan is Jason Momoa, who you currently catch in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and believe me, there will be no comparisons to Ah-nold. I know the Schwarzenegger-Conan is a classic but it’s not as close to Robert E. Howard‘s vision as this film is shaping up to be. Or at least that’s what we’re hoping for, otherwise, why make it? Ooh, right, nostalgia and lots and lots of money. Silly me, forgetting how Hollywood works.
The trailer is stuffed full of slow-motion shots as characters flip through the air in mid-combat, and while they’re neat in the trailer I kind of hope they aren’t as prevalant in the flick. This isn’t the Matrix, it’s Conan. Also starring Stephen Lang as the villain, Khalar Zym and Rose McGowan as the witch, Mariq. Not that’d you recognize her, she’s the creepy, half-bald chick blowing sand. I must say, this trailer’s got me impressed. Way more than the teaser which was literally smoke and mirrors.
Watch the trailer below and let us know, are you ready for Conan?
Also, super-nerdy bastard points (which have absolutely no value other than to enhance your self worth) to the first person who can correctly answer this, what is best in life?
Picture courtesy of slashfilm.
There has been a whirlwind of rumors regarding the casting of the next Conan movie but deadlinehollywood is reporting that former Stargate: Atlantis star Jason Momoa will be the next sword wielding Barbarian. Momoa beat out Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and the relativly unknown star Jared Padalecki who where said to be in contention for the role. Momoa won over the studio by filming a few scenes wielding a giant sword. The casting means the film is on track to start production on March 15, with filming to take place in Bulgaria. Ok, so now that all that official news stuff is out of the way how do you all feel about this? For you Conan purists out there you know that creator Robert E. Howard presented the character with not just a chisled body but with smart and calculating mind. Unlike the original Conan star Arnold Schwarzenegger Momoa fits that bill. However, for the vast majority of us when we think of Conan we think of Schwarzenegger. He quite frankly defined the character and drove Robert E. Howard’s creation into pop culture status. With that said I think for the most part we all wanted another Arnie. Personally I’m still undecided on this casting choice. Momoa was bad-ass on Stargate: Atlantis but all in all he reminds me too much of Dwayne ‘The Rock Johnson and as such I think we are going to get a ‘Scorpion King‘ like Conan. Of course he is a hell of a lot better of a choice that Kellan Lutz.
source slashfilm via deadlinehollywood