While some diehard Arnold Schwarzenegger fans are overjoyed at seeing the former California governor return to the Terminator franchise with Genisys, I can’t wait to see him reprise his role as Conan in the upcoming fantasy flick The Legend of Conan. However, like most fans, I’m concerned about what sort of sequel the filmmakers are piecing together.
Thankfully, producer and co-writer Chris Morgan has big plans for the flick. Instead of trying to sally forth in a new direction, Morgan wants to “honor” what director John Milius crafted in his 1982 film Conan the Barbarian. During his chat with The Arnold Fans, Morgan said that he envisions the sequel as “Unforgiven… with a sword-wielding barbarian.”
“We’re very lucky that the architects of this new film — the writer, the producers, the studio and most of all, Arnold — who is Conan — are all first-generation fans who either worked on the film or who came along for the ride, cheering from their theater seats opening night,” Morgan explained. “We plan nothing more than to immerse ourselves in the world Milius envisioned from Robert E. Howard’s unforgettable stories and Frank Frazetta’s stunning artwork. I can’t give specifics (nobody likes a spoiler!), but know we are honoring the locales, the religions and the traditions of the ’82 film.”
Morgan continued, “Our marching orders from the studio were to create a film worthy as a successor to the 1982 film, which was pretty brutal. To Conan it’s not about fancy sword moves; it’s about the fastest and most effective way of disposing of your enemy. A dance of death, maybe, at least primal. In my opinion, Conan is beloved because of his political incorrectness.”
Unfortunately, we don’t have a release date for The Legend of Conan at the moment. However, there’s a strong possibility that the flick could begin filming later this year. This should give folks plenty of time to brush up on the original Conan the Barbarian.