The Legend of Conan was first talked about last December, with Chris Morgan producing for Universal Pictures. Plenty has been said of the film, including hints at possible casting, special effects and plans for production. What we do know for definite is that Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the role which pretty much kick-started his acting career, and we also know exactly what Morgan’s plans are for the film (read them below).
However, things have started moving again on the new film, with Deadline reporting that Universal have found a writer for the film. Today they signed a deal for Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center) to write the script.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Chris and his creative team and to see Arnold Schwarzenegger return in the role that started his career,” said producer Fredrik Malmberg. Morgan called Berloff “an amazing writer who can juggle masculine grittiness with extreme emotional depth. Her take on Conan is powerful and genuine and would make Robert E. Howard proud.”
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.”