New Details On Arnold Schwarzenegger's Return In THE LEGEND OF CONAN

Producer/screenwriter Chris Morgan discusses Universal's planned Conan The Barbarian movie, which sees Arnie returning to one of his most iconic roles. He confirms that the film is not a reboot, and comments on what challenges we could see Conan face.

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By Paul Romano - 12/3/2012


Last month, it was announced that Universal Pictures have acquired the film rights to the Conan The Barbarian franchise, and will be making a new film titled The Legend Of Conan which will see Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising one of his most popular roles. Screenwriter/producer Chris Morgan (Wanted) was then suggested to be writing the script, as long as he pens a draft of the seventh Fast And Furious movie first for the studio. Speaking with the LA Times' Hero Complex, Morgan offers some new details on what we can expect from the upcoming film. "To put yourself out there in your 60s? As Conan the Barbarian? I could see why he’d hesitate," he said on Schwarzenegger playing the character again. "You’re really putting yourself out there." The writer also confirms that the film is "Not a reboot, not a remake. Just an update. Where has the character been all this time? A catch-up with Conan."

In Morgan’s take on the mythology, The Legend of Conan takes deep into Conan’s rule over his kingdom, toward the end of a a long reign. "He’s not going out and fighting battles, but he ends up getting drawn into something," Morgan explained. "And he has to access the barbarian he was in his youth. I love that Conan has been many things in his life, notably a pirate, a major tactician and a commander of men. In this movie, we’re going to tap into some of those things – things you haven’t seen on screen yet." He also comments on the challenges that he wants Conan to face. "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."

As for his not being able to work on Conan until he finishes Fast And Furious 7, Morgan remains hopeful. "No matter what, I’ll be there every step of the way," he said. "Whether it’s penning this quickly or selecting the writer, it’s me guiding the process or being a real honest-to-god producer. I’m excited either way. I’m really, really stoked."

For Morgan's full chat with Hero Complex, click the source link below. Universal are planning on releasing The Legend Of Conan in 2014.









Source: Hero Complex
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KnobGoblin - 12/3/2012, 8:35 AM
Hopefully this will be The Dark Knight Returns/Unforgiven of the franchise. From the sound of it, it's sounds a bit like the ending of Beowulf. Heavy is the head that wears the crown.
KnobGoblin - 12/3/2012, 8:41 AM
@Taarnish; Not all movies have to be about 20 something underwear models running around in tights. I love the idea of seeing an older, grisled, battle worn Conan on a quest for redemption, and a good death.
HavocPrime - 12/3/2012, 8:48 AM
Wouldn't of minded seeing Momora come back, but Arnie is just as good.
DrRockso - 12/3/2012, 8:48 AM
Better [frick]ing be rated R. And bring back Gerry Lopez!
reverendjonnynemo - 12/3/2012, 8:49 AM
Haha... Image and video hosting by TinyPic

...no.
GodzillaKart - 12/3/2012, 8:51 AM
@Nomis: Awesome image. I hope that shot is how this movie starts.
reverendjonnynemo - 12/3/2012, 8:52 AM
@ Tasty..Haha... BRILLIANT!!!
Valandil - 12/3/2012, 8:55 AM
Not a good idea.
reverendjonnynemo - 12/3/2012, 8:56 AM
@ Taarnish... I'm not sure NASA has the science to raise them moobs...
KNIGHT3000 - 12/3/2012, 8:57 AM
Very exciting news. I think it would be AWESOME if they used Momoa in Flashbacks.

All hail the King of Aquilonia
KNIGHT3000 - 12/3/2012, 9:00 AM
BRING BACK MAKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
StrangerX - 12/3/2012, 9:05 AM
Im guessing the Commander of men and major tactician roles will come into play, since Arny is kinda gettin up there in age.
armagedom - 12/3/2012, 9:07 AM
@Taarnish good solution to the problem haha!!
BackwardGalaxy - 12/3/2012, 9:08 AM
It's more Arnold. My money is yours.
KillerTomato - 12/3/2012, 9:09 AM
Yes, bring back Mako...because who doesn't want Conan facing a zombie Japanese-American...
siggisuperman - 12/3/2012, 9:14 AM
The Legend of Conan is long. He has been a thief, a mercenary, a pirate, a warlord, and a king. This will focus on his older days as a king.
KNIGHT3000 - 12/3/2012, 9:23 AM
KillerTomato

Did you even watch the CONAN movies? He always looked like that, you wouldn't necessarily have to even see him... He's the chronicler... Only other Narrator they ever had was CROM himself, Morgan Freeman... Maybe you're on the wrong page.
Rulk - 12/3/2012, 9:42 AM
Like Clint Eastwood's return to westerns in Unforgiven? This movie soooo has my money!!

CROM!! I'M SO THERE!!!
StrangerX - 12/3/2012, 9:43 AM
@ Tea- nice!!!
Ranger14 - 12/3/2012, 10:10 AM
I still don't get the excitement of seeing an aged Arnold reprising this role. The only thing that saved his bad acting in the original was his presence due to his physique.
ScabbyJ - 12/3/2012, 10:19 AM
Sure... But "Conan the Conquerer" has such a better ring to it.
niknik - 12/3/2012, 10:26 AM
This is EXACTLY where the film should be headed. Robert E. Howards many short stories covered nearly the entire life of Conan into his 60's as King Conan. He WAS a pirate, freebooter, and many, many other things during that span that led up to his becoming King. It was also alluded to in that last shot of the film showing him older and sitting on his throne.

Glad someone in Holywood finally woke up and said "NO!" to rebooting for once and will now tap some of that already established canon of Howards to pen the next film.
gaikinger - 12/3/2012, 10:28 AM
Gotta have Gerry Lopez come back....just gotta!
gaikinger - 12/3/2012, 10:29 AM
Hard to believe Max Von Sydow is still around....he could come back.
gaikinger - 12/3/2012, 10:31 AM
Did you know Gerry Lopezs' voice was dubbed....gotta get that guy back too, or see if Cheech Marin is busy.
Optimus83 - 12/3/2012, 10:31 AM
recycling the old Conan. ...

Jason Momoa reboot was not bad in my opinion, the problem was a movie that did not have enough action to become a true Blockbuster


reciclando al viejo Conan. ...

el Reboot de Jason Momoa no estuvo mal en mi opinión, el problema que fue una película que no tenía la acción suficiente como para convertirse en un verdadero Blockbuster
Durranto - 12/3/2012, 10:31 AM
@ReverendJonnyNemo

That flabby pic of Arnie was taken a while before he did Terminator 3, he worked out and got back in shape for that, though that was 9 years ago now... may be a bit harder for him to get back into shape these days...
PapaMidnite - 12/3/2012, 10:46 AM
Unfortunately, Momoa would be an excellent choice for the role of Conobar, or Conn - the sons of Conan. But he already played Conan in that piece of shit remake. -___-
Fogs - 12/3/2012, 11:15 AM
LoudLon - 12/3/2012, 11:16 AM
I've been waiting thirty years for this movie, since I was 10 years old. I don't care about Arnold's infidelities, public image or age. Hell, guys like William Smith, Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood all played hardcore, tough-guy characters well into their sixties and beyond. If they can do it, so can Arnold. He'll buff himself back up (though obviously he could never get back into the shape he was in back in the day) and it'll be like he never left.

Can't wait!
SCURVYDOG619 - 12/3/2012, 12:15 PM
So who will play Zenobia-Conan's queen?

The wrong way to go with the story is having some descendant of Thulsa Doom come looking for revenge...

drfate - 12/3/2012, 12:20 PM
Knight 3000, Mako has passed. Let him rest.
KNIGHT3000 - 12/3/2012, 12:34 PM
DrFate

$h!t, I didn't know....whoa
KNIGHT3000 - 12/3/2012, 12:34 PM
KillerTomato

I get it now
phenomenon - 12/3/2012, 1:23 PM
some pharmaceutical help and a little old school hard work.... and in three months he looks better than jason mamoa...... yeah....love to see an ols warrior fight his last epic fight...... and as all fighters now..... an old warrior always has one last good fight remaining......

and no matter haw the movie turns out.... can''t do much worse than the one with MJ....sorry.....JM..... was confused nwith mary jane from spidey....same muscle mass.... ;-)
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/3/2012, 1:26 PM
Not what i necessarily would have liked to see but bring it on.

If they can somehow fade Arnie´s accent the better.



And about the villain. Please let it be someone Conan has faced in Howard´s stories. [frick] no to another new villain.

Thoth-Amon would be brilliant. He needs some love. Make him face Thoth one more time.
HachibiTheMC - 12/3/2012, 1:33 PM
Can I get a Grace Jones cameo??

Although it's STILL awesome watching a drunken Conan deck the hell outta a camel with personal space issues, I must admit, after the movies, I was never that into the Conan-U.

@AlexDeLarge87

You seem to be a Conan fan beyond the movies. Can you suggest some good arcs or Trades that I wont waste my time reading?



AlexDeLarge87 - 12/3/2012, 2:01 PM
Savage Sword of Conan is my favorite. Its a long series but there is collection editions for sale.
Its most definitely the best of Conan. Little old but great.

AlexDeLarge87 - 12/3/2012, 2:06 PM
Then there is of course Dark Horse´s Conan series. If you want something newer with colors. I cant say one specific arc cause i kinda like them all. But these two series are a good start.
DioFoRio - 12/3/2012, 2:26 PM
this should have been the sequel all along.
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