Step aside John Connor, “Conan the Barbarian” is BACK!
In 1982 co-writer Oliver Stone and director John Milius brought audiences what is widely considered to be not only one of the best pulp novel adaptations, but also one of the most intense and detailed adventure films ever made. Now, over 30 years later, Arnold Schwarzenegger is BACK and reprising his role as the nostalgic and now well-aged warrior.
The sequel film, which is currently being labeled as “The Legend of Conan,” is being penned and produced by Chris Morgan (“Fast and Furious”). Morgan is making fans giddy with the promise that the new film will be just as intense of an adventure film as it’s predecessor and will evoke the same tone and even choice characters from the 1982 movie. Sequel means fans don’t have to suffer for through a tragic reboot, instead will be regaled with an older, wiser and more peeved Conan… 30 years after his career defining performance.
According to his conversation with TheArnoldFans.com, Morgan had this to say about our favorite sword-wielding Cimmerian wanderer.
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.
Morgan proceeds to praise the complexly R-rated work of Milius and his dire hopes for the new film to properly bring justice to the artful masterpiece of Milius, Conan creator Robert E. Howard, and artist Frank Frazetta. With hopeful producers aiming to start filming Fall 2015, Conan fans will soon have more insight as to what direction Morgan will be taking.