Terminator Genisys isn't the only movie that will see Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising one of his most iconic characters of all time. He also has The Legend of Conan on the horizon, with a 2016 release planned. And while we've seen Conan on the screen twice since Arnold Schwarzenegger made his debut as the iconic character in John Milius's 1982 Conan The Barbarian, this next installment promises to be a true sequel, not a reboot or remake.
Speaking with TheArnoldFans.com, producer/co-writer Chris Morgan and Fredrik Malmberg reveal that The Legend of Conan will retain the spirit and tone of the original Conan The Barbarian while also staying true to creator Robert E. Howard's vision. The film is will not be rated PG-13, but is very brutal. Says Chris Morgan:
"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.
Chris Morgan goes onto say that at least three characters from Conan The Barbarian will be making a return in this 'true' sequel:
"Without naming names...it's at least three. And you're gonna love them! ;)"
Fredrik Malmberg continued to discuss the violent nature of his lead character. They want to assure everyone that this will not be a watered down version of Conan. He explains:
"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."
The Legend of Conan is planning a fall shoot, with the producers wanting to shoot as soon as possible. The script has just been turned into Universal studios. About how excited he is to return, Arnold Schwarzenegger says:
"It is the greatest honor to be 67 years old and to still be asked to come back into all those franchises. Whether it is the Terminator movie or it is now Conan, it is fantastic! As a matter of fact, when I get back to Los Angeles, i'll be getting the final script and then I will see it for the first time. But with Universal Pictures, I've tried to convince them now for 20 years to go back and continue with the Conan series and they were not as enthusiastic as I was. But then later, new management came in at Universal and they saw it entirely differently. They came to me right away and said they want to pick up the Conan series and to look at some writers and let's get going on that. So we've been working on Conan and I'm really excited to be working on this - to do another Conan movie and hopefully it will be soon!"