With government work a thing of the past, Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his return to motion pictures in a big way. Schwarzenegger is set to reprise his role as Conan, the character and movie that launched the muscle bound Austrian to superstardom.
The film is currently titled The Legend of Conan, and is scheduled for a summer 2014 release. Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan will produce, and if Morgan can get done with the next Fast and Furious film, he will also write the script. The most interesting thing about The Legend of Conan, is that it won’t include Jason Momoa in any way, and pulls a Superman Returns stunt by ignoring the Momoa film AND Conan the Destroyer, making The Legend of Conan, a direct sequel to Conan the Barbarian.
There’s a great quote over at Deadline that gives us a hint at the story to be told in Legend of Conan, and it could be as big a blood and fight fest as Schwarzenegger’s first take on Conan.
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” Malmberg told me. “It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”
While the only good thing about Conan the Destroyer was Olivia d’Abo, I didn’t hate Momoa’s Conan, as it had the same over the top violence and choppy story found in Conan the Barbarian. While Schwarzenegger is fully behind the project and ready to jump on board, I can’t help but wonder if getting a solid Robert E. Howard style story off the ground, and shot and chopped by summer 2014 pushing it. Certainly it can be done, Iron Man 3, and Thor 2 are both examples of films that have been shot and released in a short amount of time, so 20 months could be right on target.
As much as I’ve waned on Arnold and his antics in the last twenty years, I’m still a sucker for Conan flicks and am penciling the movie in on my Watch List.