Morgan Offers “Legend of Conan” Update

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the T-800 this year, but he’s also slated to reprise another of his most iconic roles in the near future – Conan the Barbarian.

Chris Morgan, a producer on the upcoming “Legend of Conan,” tells Empire that he can’t wait to see the film go forward: “I’m super excited, and Arnold is super excited too. It’s the perfect movie for him, because it plays into his own journey.”

The film picks up on the ending of John Milius’ 1982 original in which a now elderly King Conan takes on one final adventure. Morgan also confirmed that a new scribe has come onboard the currently in development project:

“Andrea Berloff [“Straight Outta Compton”] did a draft, and then we had Will [Beall, “Gangster Squad”] stepped on. I approached him early on in the process, but at the time he was unavailable and couldn’t do it.

But then a couple of weeks after he passed on the project I got this package from him in the mail, and I opened it and it was a Conan sword, and on the envelope it said, ‘This you can trust!’

So when he called back a while later said he’d had a slot open up, we slammed him in immediately. He’s just perfect for it; he loves it as much as I do and he has a great voice of Conan. It just makes you happy!”

Morgan also says the new film is inspired more by the Milius movie than original author Robert E. Howard’s work:

“We look at all the source material and we love things that kind of speak to that tone. We’re incredibly respectful to Howard. I’m a huge fan of the stories and books, but I’m a super-huge fan of the first movie, because that crystallised and distilled it all for me. Milius just killed it. He did such a good job. And Legend Of Conan is really resonant and it really digs into the legacy of that original film. I’m already very proud of it.”

Finally, Morgan says they’re currently working out when the project can go ahead and claims it may be sooner than you think.

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