Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to reprise the role of Conan in The Legend of Conan. Chris Morgan, who gave us Wanted and reinvigorated the Fast and Furious franchise, is the writer and producer of this new installment that will ignore the sequel, Conan the Destroyer and the Jason Mamoa remake and follow after the original Conan The Barbarian. In a recent interview with Hero Complex, Morgan spoke about bringing Arnie back as well his vision for the character in the new installment.
“He’s not going out and fighting battles, but he ends up getting drawn into something,” says Morgan. “And he has to access the barbarian he was in his youth. I love that Conan has been many things in his life, notably a pirate, a major tactician and a commander of men. In this movie, we’re going to tap into some of those things – things you haven’t seen on screen yet.”
“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.”
Definitely sounds intriguing. Sounds like this will be Arnold’s version of Unforgiven which was Clint Eastwood’s final western. I really hope that the film remain rated R. Even the remake went with an R, so this one should follow suit. The Legend of Conan is looking for a summer 2014 release.
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