New Details On “The Legend of Conan”

While the upcoming “Terminator Genisys” plans to play about with the continuity and tone of the original “Terminator” franchise, the other classic revival of a Schwarzenegger-led franchise has no such plans.

Speaking with TheArnoldFans.com, “The Legend of Conan” producer/co-writer Chris Morgan and Fredrik Malmberg say that the upcoming new ‘Conan’ film will both stay true to Robert E. Howard’s vision, but also be fiercely loyal to John Milieus’ legendary original 1982 film. In other words, don’t expect an R-rated film here:

“A light-hearted Conan?! CROM! No. Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life – a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend – and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian.

Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear – incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world. To make it worthy. And to expand on it in a truthful way that audiences will embrace. 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.

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 also confirmed at least three characters from the original will return for this outing. Malmberg also made sure to assuage fans there’ll be no watering down of the barbarian:

“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. He doesn’t think, he just acts. People can relate to the freshness of somebody who doesn’t give a damn about civilization – in fact, despises it. At the same time he is a magnificent fighter, leader and friend.”

Filming on “The Legend of Conan” aims to kick off this Fall with the script having been turned in already. The project aims to be in cinemas by November 2016.

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