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.
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.
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