Arnold Schwarzenegger says ‘The Legend of Conan’ will shoot this year, could be in cinemas as soon as 2014!





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I am very excited at seeing Arnie return as the legendary Conan, and it is even more exciting that those involved with this direct sequel to the first Conan film from 1982, want to have Arnie play the role as he is today. In other words, Arnie will be playing an ageing Conan, and will NOT be made to look thirty years younger.

Arnie recently spoke with Aint It Cool News while at a screening of his new film, The Last Stand, and he claims that filming on The Legend of Conan could begin as early as the end of this year, with a plan for a 2014 release:

“[Universal] finally came forward and said, ‘You’re absolutely right. The previous regime has missed the boat here. We want to pick it up. We’re going to buy the rights and we’re going to be serious about it and make a quality film with an A-director and with A-writers and so on. And we want you to participate in this. We want you to star and you to play Conan. We’re going to take a story where Conan is at that age so it’s totally believable and you’re not looking like a 30-year old action guy.’”

It is very promising to see that Universal are as excited about this new film as the fans are, and if Universal want to get this moving quickly, then it WILL move quickly. Arnie’s interview is available to view next:

 

 

Producer Chris Morgan spoke about The Legend of Conan back in December, and he described his plans for the film as: “He’s not going out and fighting battles, but he ends up getting drawn into something. 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.”

Morgan is a huge fan of the original John Milius 1982 film, and of Robert E. Howard’s original stories, and he has big plans for the new Conan film:

“I want the warrior whose joints have started to fuse together, who has to crack the cartilage so he can pick up a sword again. I want the guy who’s not necessarily lost a step, but there’s some rust he has to shake off. I want to embrace that. It makes it a greater hero story. 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.”

When the new film was first announced back in October, here is what Morgan had to say about the story he intends to show:

“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.”

 

(Source: Aint It Cool News)

 

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Matt Wavish
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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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