Out of all the projects that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a part of right now, Legend of Conan is my most anticipated. The more I hear about the movie the more excited I get, and make no mistake this movie is going to happen!
We have a new update on the film thanks to The Arnold Fans. They talked to CEO Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertainment, who is the property owner of Conan, and he provided some updates on the film saying,
”We're doing the script and it's by the whole 'Fast and the Furious' team, which is great for a power position of the studio because they're extremely successful - it was the biggest movie and if anyone knows how to build a franchise, it is that team. It's Chris Morgan and Jeffery Kirschenbaum, the head of Universal. Arnold is very excited. It's just in the phase where it takes a lot of work to get the script just right. “
When asked if the movie was 100% happening, he said,
"Oh, It's happening. We have a great story. Everyone loves it. This is a role that's perfect for him (Arnold) and he's very involved with the whole Universal team. It's the best team they have. Arnold has been very instrumental to being this together saying, 'We gotta make a good Conan!' I think if we do this right, we can do two more Conan movies right after. I think Game of Thrones also shows a huge interest in fantasy. I'm psyched about it."
As for how the movie fits in with the previous two movies,
“The idea is that this takes place AFTER Conan has been king. But this is the legend of Conan where he has been gone and people say, 'do you remember the good ol' days when Conan was around?' And now it's time for him to come back. In the stories and you can also see it when he's sitting on the thrown and the narration on that last scene of the movie..."with a troubled brow" ...you can tell he's not really happy being king. So, it's time for him to go out and do battle.”
He then goes on to explains that they want this to be the first of a new series of Conan films being planned,
“That's what we hope. In fact Arnold, judging by other classic actors like Eastwood who's in his 80s, he still looks badass. I think if this film is good and is well received, then I don't think we have to say NO to Arnold for several more movies. We can keep going forward, even after he ages."
With the way screenwriter Chris Morgan previously explained the character, they really could keep this franchise going. This seriously could be more badass than the original Conan films. Here's what he said,
"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. "
Good things are happening with this movie, and I can't wait to see it up on the big screen! What are your thoughts on what this team is doing with Legend of Conan?