Legend of Conan producer Chris Morgan has said that there will be no reboot in the upcoming project; rather, it will be a direct sequel to the original.
1982’s John Milius film Conan The Barbarian is one of the more well known of the 80s fantasy boom that gave us such cinematic masterpieces as Willow and Hawk the Slayer. Sequels Conan the Destroyer and Brigitte Nielsen spin-off Red Sonja followed, as did 2011’s poorly received reboot.
But Morgan is adamant that there won’t be any reset button here: “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.”
He’s also confirmed that there will be a fairly healthy dose of blood and guts, as one would expect in a film featuring Schwarzenegger wielding a huge broadsword: “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.”
Exactly how nimble the Governator will be at 68 remains to be seen, but if Terminator Genisys trailers are anything to go by this could well be fun. The cinema’s been lacking something like Game of Thrones on steroids for a while now…