While The Legend of Conan still has a long road ahead before production starts, star Arnold Schwarzenegger, screenwriter Andrea Berloff, producer Fredrik Malmberg and original Conan The Barbarian star Sven-Ole Thorsen (Thorgrim) recently spoke about this highly-anticipated sequel with ArnoldFans.com.
The plot takes place several years after Conan The Barbarian, with the title character getting back into action as he must fight to keep his throne, and live up to his own legend. The 66-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that age doesn't mean anything to him, and he's looking forward to getting back into action on the set.
"Conan is very much alive. Age doesn't mean anything to me, because I work out every day. I work out twice a day, as a matter of fact. At night I work out with weights, and in the morning I do cardiovascular training. So for me, to get on the set and to swing the sword around again and to ride the horses and all those things doesn't mean anything [does not scare me], because I feel like I did thirty years ago. So as long as I stay in shape, that's the key thing, and to keep your body young."
We reported in October that Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center) signed on to write the screenplay, with the writer revealing that she is hard at work crafting a new story that stays true to the mythology of this storied franchise.
"I am completely thrilled and honored to be writing Conan. My fingers are nearly worn down to tiny, bloody nubbins as I'm working to give this iconic character new life, while still holding true to the qualities that made fans fall in love with him in the first place. It is no small task to tackle one of the greatest legends of all times but I have a fantastic team of producers around me and we are all ridiculously excited about how our beloved barbarian is developing. Stay tuned!"
Producer Fredrik Malmberg reiterated a statement he made back in July, that this story takes place after Conan has become king, which is what primarily drew Arnold Schwarzenegger back to the franchise.
"The idea is that this takes place AFTER Conan has been king. The whole idea that got Arnold so enthusiastic about the new creative take is, can he live up to the legend he is? Conan is in his mid 60s now, so he will have to fight through an aging warrior body, having cracking bones, aches and having to get back into the battle."
Aside from Arnold Schwarzenegger, no other cast members have been confirmed for The Legend of Conan. ArnoldFans.com reports that several of the actor's close friends and co-stars are interesting in joining the cast, including Sven-Ole Thorsen, Ralf Moeller, who starred in the 1990s TV series Conan, and Franco Columbu, who had small roles alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan The Barbarian and The Terminator. The site managed to get a statement from Sven-Ole Thorsen regarding The Legend of Conan, but it isn't known if he is joining the cast.
"When Arnold is sitting on the throne as an older king, it left such an impression on me. That character of that movie has to be made. They can make it when he's 80 years old or 70 years old. I'm sure that Conan is very close to his heart, and we very often talk about the days in Spain because we spent so long there shooting the first Conan, and we were really bonding with all the stuntmen and all the actors. So many great locations. So I do know that Conan is very close to Arnold's heart."