With Arnold Schwarzenegger out of office we knew it was only a matter of time. That time has now elapsed: Arnie will reprise his role of Conan the Barbarian in a movie called The Legend of Conan.
And get this! It's a reboot of the reboot, cutting out not only the recent Conan The Barbarian but also Conan The Destroyer. It's being conceived as a sequel only to the original Conan The Barbarian, like Bryan Singer's Superman Returns or the new Texas Chainsaw 3D . This is what we do now, we cherry pick which films are in our franchises.
But how can I be too snarky about a movie that brings Arnie back to his greatest (IMO) role? After all, we spent decades wishing King Conan would get made and this film, which the producers describe as 'Conan's Unforgiven' sounds pretty darn close.
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” producer Frederik Malmberg told Deadline. “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.”
Says Chris Morgan, writer of Fast and Furious 2-5, and producer (and probably writer, right?) on Legend of Conan: “After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me... Robert E. Howard’s mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche to Atilla the Hun was layered in the original film. People say, he didn’t speak for the first 20 minutes of the film, but that was calculated in depicting this man who takes control of life with his own hand. 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.”
After that tough talk Morgan wouldn't guarantee an R rating. What are you gonna do?
The film will be released by Universal, who put out the original Conan The Barbarian. I don't know why they don't go with the wonderful title Conan The King, but I'll take anything as long as the movie is good and pays off the promise of that last great shot of Conan on the throne.
Time to be hopeful!