Deadline reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s continued return to acting is about to being back the character that made him a star. A deal has been struck with Universal (who released Conan the Barbarian in 1982) to make a new Conan film titled The Legend of Conan, with Arnie returning as Conan. Universal has worldwide rights to the film, and the deal was made so that Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan produce.
Malmberg is CEO of Paradox Entertainment, the company who own the rights to Conan. Paradox was involved in last years remake starring Jason Momoa, and it was after seven years of development that they moved the film from Warner Brothers to Millennium Films as they felt it was taking far too long. As we all know, last years Conan the Barbarian was a bit rubbish, and with the story being very close to Malbmberg’s heart, he feels this new film is the version they originally wanted to make but couldn’t due to Arnie leaving acting. Malmberg feels they can now make the film that was always intended:
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” Malmberg said. “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.”
Morgan is a Universal based writer and producer, whose writing credits include the last our Fast and Furious films, Wanted and 47 Ronin, and should he be finished writing the seventh Fast and Furious film, he intends to both write and produce The Legend of Conan. The idea is to ignore last years remake, and all the Conan sequels and make The Legend of Conan a direct sequel to the original 1982 film:
“After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me,” Morgan said. “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. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.”
Conan’s Unforgiven, I like the sound of that!
As for how violent the film will be, Moragan touched on some ideas and spoke of the period setting of the original:
“I loved the choices they made in that film,” Morgan said. “You start with the wholesale slaughter and death of Conan’s village at the hand of the warlord played by James Earl Jones, and you see young Conan chained to a wheel as he becomes stronger. Then he’s a pit fighter, and later basically a stud bull before he meets the first kind person of his life, who lets him go. All of that horrific stuff happened for a reason, and then an act of kindness sends him on his journey. Will that level of violence be there? Absolutely, but only if it serves a character who lives by that barbarian law of the wild, who is capable of extreme violence and rage, but who has created his own code and operates from within it. By the end of that film, Conan became a certain character, and this film picks him up there, as he faces different challenges that include dealing with age.”
Said Schwarzenegger: “I always loved the Conan character and I’m honored to be asked to step into the role once again. I can’t wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story.”
Now, what you see above is the first image from Arnie’s new film Ten, which was originally called Breacher. Arnie posted it on Twitter saying:
Ten is directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Street Kings) and as you can see from the above image, Arnie likes his weapons and tattoos. Ayer promised to “re-invent Arnie” and by the looks of the uniform, weapons, tattoos and haircut, he has succeeded. He still looks like Arnie, but also looks completely different to what we’re used to. I like it!
Ten also stars Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Harold Perrineau, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Dawn Olivieri and Malin Akerman.
Loosely based on the Agatha Christie story ‘Ten Little Indians’, Ten is currently filming and see;s Arnie playing John ‘Breacher’ Wharton, the Commander of a elite team of DEA operatives. They have raided a drug cartel’s safe house and stolen millions of dollars worth of illegal assets which they plan to sell. However, thinking they have gotten away with it, internal pressure starts to build and someone is picking off the team one by one.
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