Roughly two and a half years ago we reported on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plans to reprise his role as Conan in a new installment to the film saga, aptly titled The Legend of Conan. The film’s co-writer and co-producer Chris Morgan told Schwarzenegger fan-site TheArnoldFans the new film would be a dark, brutal, and direct sequel to John Milius’ 1982 classic Conan The Barbarian:
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.
It’s unfortunate that John Milius is physically unable to return to helm the film himself. Still, Morgan’s words echo an excitement that is undoubtedly contagious. In addition, he also hinted at the return of at least three characters from the original movie. We already know Schwarzenegger is set to return as King Conan, but who will join him? My vote is for Subotai, Red Hair, and The Wizard.
Nothing is marked on the calendars as of yet, but the hope is production on The Legend of Conan will begin this fall.