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Schwarzenegger Is CONAN Once More!!

Published at: Oct. 25, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST by The Kidd

The Kidd here...

You can forget about Jason Momoa as Conan, because the original is back. 

Today Universal Pictures set themselves up for THE LEGEND OF CONAN, which would return Arnold Schwarzenegger to the role he originated back in 1982, with an eye on Summer 2014 to get the film into theatres. 

Deadline reports that Chris Morgan, who came up with the story, is set to produce and may wind up penning the script as well, if he can manage to fit it into his schedule, which also includes writing the screenplay for FAST SEVEN (he's written the last four). 

As for where it would place in the Conan timeline, Morgan said that, for him, it's as if the Momoa reboot and CONAN THE DESTROYER never happened, preferring to link THE LEGEND OF CONAN to the original CONAN THE BARBARIAN. 

So what's the story of THE LEGEND OF CONAN? Producer Fredrik Malmberg explains it quite simply as such: "The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. 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.”

You wanted Arnold back in some of his classic roles? You got it... although there's no telling how this might affect that planned TERMINATOR 5 Schwarzenegger was originally packaged in. After all, Arnold's been busy accumulating projects... but so many movies, so little time. Eventually something's got to give... and go.

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST

    whoa

    by sadclown

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    PRAISE CROM!

    by Logan_1973

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    NUMBA 3

    by JMoe

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    by KinjoAlcoholicNinja

    FUCK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Arnold will die before this thing gets started...

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    He's going to pump himself so full of steroids his heart is going to explode....wait and see!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Crom laughs at you from his mountain

    by mick vance

    i came to the conan movies relatively late in my life, but i have been rectifying that by watching conan the barbarian every thanksgiving, or feast of crom as i call it...

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Is John Milius busy in the next few years?

    by Logan_1973

    Dust the old guy off.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Nice

    by smatt584

    I hope they go dark, brooding, and ultra violent. I want to see a Conan who tires of life and goes to seek death.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    What's this? Arnold is Back as Conan!????

    by Norman Colson

    *cUE THE THEME MUSIC!!!!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    makr

    by len

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    alas, no basil poledouris

    by sadclown

    As for the rest, wait and see. Revisiting franchises hasn't worked out so well lately.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Awesome!!! But I bet it gets pushed back or the director drops out :P

    by Steve Lamarre

    sorry, just negative today....But that's awesome!!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    DREAMS CAN COME TRUE

    by len

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Conan bedded many "chunky" woman...

    by BNITT

    ...was seduced by the chunky witch who warmed him in the guest house of his throne.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    CROM!!! Thank

    by DrPain

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    CROM!!! Thank

    by DrPain

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    YOU! Too excited to type!!

    by DrPain

  • Do not make this pt-13 or you will f it up!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Ain't it cool news INDEED! CROM HEARD OUR PRAYERS

    by DrPain

    Even though we seldom pray to him.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    The riddle of steel.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    they HAVE to use the original score.

    by DrPain

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    CONAN IS KING.... YOU WILL RESPECT HIM...

    by Norman Colson

    Flabby or not uberfreak. lmao.

  • I always love a story about rising to greatness once again later in life. So tired of this youth-centric society which seems to think once you have any wrinkles or grey hair you should just roll over and die and can't defend yourself in a battle. Like to see any of you fight Arnie. his forearm is still bigger than your thigh. Anywho....THAT is what I call cool news. Keep more of THAT kind of news coming. Less on reboots. Especially shitty pointless ones. And I really love, for the record, when a movie like this comes along, with the original actor, and just completely ignores that some reboot was even made.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    CROM LAUGHS AT YOUR CONAN REBOOTS, LAUGHS FROM HIS MOUNTAIN!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I hope Milius is involved! He can get you a toe.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    0% on Rotten Tomatoes? This STILL has my money!!

    by WerePlatypus

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    my reaction

    by Darth Thoth

    Wow. I never thought in a million years this day would come. Now that it has... I'm wondering has it really? There are some prerequisites that must fall into place for this film to succeed. One, it must be R. A hard R. It must be scored in a way worthy of Poledouris' legacy. Impossible yes - CTB might be the greatest score ever. But might someone be able to land in the ballpark? They must. Thirdly, the story must be epic but not in an overly cgi crap-tastic way most action movies made today are. I want a grit to this movie. I don't want a digitally clean movie. CGI is cool but the way in which it is used will determine a lot about this movie, especially in regards to tone. Fourth, the script must be good. We need someone who knows Conan as I hope the screenwriters do. I don't want a generic and lazy action film. Shoot for the stars! And rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite. Five, bring in Milius and Stone. They must be involved in some way, especially Milius. Six, don't hire a hack director. PLEASE!! PLEASE!! PLEASE!!! Seven, Arnold better bring his A game. His performance in Expendables 2 ain't gonna cut it. Hopefully by the time we go to filming he will have shaken out the rust. So those are my initial 7 thoughts / keys to success for this flick. Let me close by saying this is great news. I had a tough day (RIP Manny Steward by the way). News of a new Conan with Arnold brightened it up considerably. This is great.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    as a damn near 40something geezer

    by macheesmo3

    may I say this fills my heart with delight. please don't fuck it up

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I smell TRILOGY with King Conan ending the series.

    by DrPain

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Could work, but....

    by JerryAurora

    I loved the idea of an older Indiana Jones too. I also loved the idea of a return to the Alien universe. Arnold's participation means little to how this will ultimately turn out.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Bum Buuum... Bum Bummmmm

    by BD Mahony

    DAAA DAAA DAA DAAAAAAA DAA DAA, DAA DAA, DAA DAA

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    by DrPain

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    James Cameron Direct this fucking shit please

    by Pipple

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    CROWN OF IRON. NOW.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    If Milius is not on board, with THAT script...then this is dust.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Oh its on!

    by ShyRonnie

    Its so fucking on

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    AINT IT CROM NEWS!

    by ScaryJim

    I reiterate the theme tune that someone has already sang.

  • ...they need to fulfill the expectations of that final shot in Conan the Barbarian. If there's room for more after that, so be it. But none of this Terminator Salvation-style holding back for sequels that will never exist. Get it done in one.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Well...

    by TomRCJ

    I just hope they realize that the reason the first one was so good is because it took it's time. Balls-to-the-wall is not the only way to create a strong movie. The remake tried showing us Conan was always a badass, even as a child. The original took the time to show us WHY he's a badass. He was a normal kid. But then his village was massacred, he was enslaved, made to do hard labor his whole childhood, thrown into the fighting pits, trained, educated, and so on... Arnie didn't say much, but you really understood Conan by the end of the movie. I hope this new entry doesn't turn into an energy drink induced blood craze.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I am so happy

    by Harrigan

    Crom laughs at your four winds!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    This is what's best in life

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    What the hell is a Momoa?!?!

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Yes, get Milius involved -- do it right, damnit!!

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Too bad Basil has passed away...

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    That virgin would have been broken in two!

    by Norman Colson

    And she might have loved it! lol.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    ...so who WILL be directing this?

    by Bill C.

    Until I see that nailed down, I'm not going to get too enthusiastic. I might go bum-ba-ba-bum-bum-bum-bababa-bum for a minute, but that's it...

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    So Chris Morgan is the man behind the Fast & Furious films

    by D o o d

    Well that's a sure fire way for me to avoid the Conan movie at all costs.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Conan the Septugenarian

    by Curious_Jorge

    Seriously, have they seen Arnold without a shirt lately?

  • That's got King Conan losing his crown, having to get it back, reclaim his kingdom and at the end there's a HUGE war. That'd be great, but they just can't seem to do this right. Starting to piss me off.

  • That's got King Conan losing his crown, having to get it back, reclaim his kingdom and at the end there's a HUGE war. That'd be great, but they just can't seem to do this right. Starting to piss me off.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Directors for this

    by Logan_1973

    Hopefully Milius has one more left in him But I would also pull for Cameron Ed Zwick Aronofsky And my dark horse pick would be Mel Gibson. Say what you will about his personal issues but the dude can direct; he has experience in epic battle-scenes and can relate to Arnie easy enough being they're the same age.

  • Is that the plot?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    @uberfreak & sonnyfern: I hope so and yes

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Following Sly's play book

    by HoLottaMo

    Let's hope it goes R rated violence and enough already with the one liner bullshit. Get a solid story and this can rock

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    What is best in life?

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    nipple high pants and economy sized tubes of Bengay

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Do you want to live forever?

    by 3774

    *All the gods, they cannot sever us. If I were dead and you were still fighting for life, I'd come back from the darkness. Back from the pit of hell to fight at your side.* I loved this movie and WORSHIPPED her as an idol growing up. It started me on a lifetime of sword fighter training. Don't screw this up, powers-that-be. No stupid modern music cues. No stupid passing-fad camera work. No stupid decompression for unneeded sequels. No stupid meta irony winking. No stupid empty eye-candy fake-empowerment female characters. Give us something worthy of bookending the first.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then...

    by baldalienprobeinhighheels

    AHHHHH! maheeee fahhhhkin baaach!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    FUCKING FUCK YEA

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    ........

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    The Arnold Conan movies sucked. Period. Turgid, tame and neutered for maximum box-office appeal. Faux-epic, muscle-bound horseshit, hardly a step up from Italian sword-&-sandal gladiator movies. None of their few-and-far-between "best moments" belonged to Schwarzenegger, and none of them dared tackle Howard's deep cynicism towards the human race. To think that geeks piss themselves at the mere idea that a man with as little integrity -or talent - as Arnold would be making one last flaccid stab at playing a character like Conan, who at least had a kind of brutish, dumb-animal integrity, would be depressing, if I had any expectations for them to begin with.

  • waiting for a proper sequel.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    So, the Superman Returns treatment, eh?

    by MCVamp

    Good for Arnold. Let's see some titties and blood, fuck PG13.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Oh, and let TERMINATOR die.

    by MCVamp

    That one's just been bled dry. Are they going to make old men Terminators now? Play Dutch again, play Conan, hell, play John Matrix...but Terminator has run its course.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I'm in

    by cat

    I have wanted this for a long time.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    The BAN-HAMMER of CONAN.

    by Darth_Kong

  • Gerry Lopez!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Momoa can return as Conn, son of Conan.

    by MCVamp

    No, won't happen, because according to big smart film studios, "AUDIENCES ARE EASILY CONFUSED."

  • You never know, but expectations are now set to zero.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    CROWN OF IRON

    by TakeItEasyMon

    "Legend of Conan" sounds terrible. Crown of Iron or go home. Crom laughs at your 'new script'

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    pink_apocalypse

    by Darth_Kong

    What's a pennis?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    takeiteasymon...

    by MCVamp

    You're just fucking lucky we seem to be avoiding "THE RISE OF KING CONAN."

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    CROM LAUGHS AT YOUR SHITTY NEW SCRIPT

    by TakeItEasyMon

    No need to make something new when that great script has been kicking around for years.

  • and plenty of depends.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    CROM LAUGHS AT YOUR FOUR VIN DIESEL MOVIES

    by MCVamp

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    no no, you got the news wrong. It's COHEN the barbarian.

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Wait...WHAT?!

    by adeceasedfan

    Yes!!! Oh hell yes!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    DO EET! DO EET NOW!!!!

    by D.Vader

    Great news. But, can we not just bring Milius back too?

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Just call it King Conan!

    by vadakinX

    And kill him off at the end. Basically make the second half of Beowulf, with Conan as the weary old king who has seen many battles and slain many enemies, but as old age catches up with him, he must gather what's left of his strength to face his final foe and fight his final battle.

  • Vhat is da riddle uf steel? Hah. Da King of Zamunda told me dat a long time ago.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Arnold will only need to voice T5.

    by pax256

    Make it happen!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Doesn't Shia LaBeouf play his son in this?

    by Darth_Kong

    Just kidding! ;)

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I'd gladly and rather see another Momoa Conan than this.

    by Charlie

    Was the Conan remake great? No However it was no where near as bad as people made out and Ronan Dex was a good Conan. I'd rather see more of that, going into new area's, new stories. Than another attempt to just cash in on an old franchise with an aging star. What's the bet they don't think they need to worry on making the best film they can because Arnie is the draw as Conan. Not the actual films quality.

  • A few thoughts: 1) Harry says that a script by John Milius exists and is amazing. Anyone know anything about that? If it exists, I'd love to see it incorporated here. 2) Arnold can still play King Conan. The script can be written to an older, wiser Barbarian king. His age works in this case. If he did nothing else in this "comeback tour", this would be the movie I want to see. Whereas there is absolutely no reason to ever have Arnold play TERMINATOR ever again because the concept of a Terminator model aging doesn't really make much sense at all. And that franchise doesn't exclusively need him. But this role? This is just fantastic news. 3) Mel Gibson for Director. Milius' script as basis for an updated screenplay. Those are some of my initial thoughts. I'm almost certain the final product won't live up to my almost 30 years of dreaming and anticipation. But a man can dream, can't he? And I'm Out. Terry Malloy aka Ed Travis

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Darth Kong...

    by 3774

    ...I'm going to guess it's a tiny penis. For example, if you pulled down your pants, I'd burst out with uncontrollable laughter (while failing to hide it with my hands over my mouth), and then I'd say, 'Look! It's just like penis, only smaller!'

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    grinspoom

    by MCVamp

    I have to agree that Momoa's CONAN was a pleasant surprise. All I heard leading up to the Blu-Ray rental was "piece of shit, don't waste your money." We got tits, blood, Conan on the high seas, sorcery, and Ron Perlman. Was it RETURN OF THE KING-quality? No. Was it Conan? Hummmm...I gotta say "YES." People (not necessarily everyone here) say they want a real Conan film; lots of them really just want Arnold with a sword saying "Crom" a lot, which isn't necessarily all you need (see DESTROYER, CONAN THE.)

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    pink_apocalypse

    by Darth_Kong

    Nicely done!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    it was john millius and basil paledoris that made CTB awesome.

    by Warcraft

    Not arnold. If you were to link up that director and music composer with Jason Momoa, you'd have a damn near perfect Conan movie. The new one with Arnold will be shit because it doesn't have the great director and legendary music composer that CTB had.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    correction to my above post. James Earl Jones...

    by Warcraft

    Sandahl Bergman, Gerry Lopez, and Mako also made CTB awesome. 4 more factors this new movie will be missing.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    If you don't like the idea of Arnold reprising his role as Conan...

    by Prometheus_VaJayJay_snake

    ...then you deserve torment! PLEASE GOD, let them get an A-list director, and a fawking good script. Make this shit an R-rated bbuster it deserves to be.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Uh Oh! Better get Mako...

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    Unless, of course, he's dead.

  • Bring your checklist.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I hope Arnold is Conan and the King and The Rock plays his son Kahn.

    by Orionsangels

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Ahnold jumped the shark when he stuck his dick in that maid

    by BigTuna

  • How many more Conan films have to be made before someone thinks of using actual Conan source material? There's plenty of it, and it's great!

  • He was so excited about Conan and making a bunch of films. He was just terribly miscast.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee as Dracula 2012!

    by Michael Bay

    Lets get all the aging actors back in their iconic roles one last time. Seriously, I kinda feel bad for the kids of today. You got nothin' of your own, it's all remakes and retreads of entertainment from several decades ago. The best you can get is seeing a retirement age Van Halen live, hoping for one more Led Zeppelin reunion, a new Alien spin off, Blade Runner sequels and remakes, old muscleheads like Stallone and Arnie putting on girdles to squeeze their grotesque man-boobs into one more by-the-numbers action flick. The arts are nearly dead. Enjoy your Korn 25th Anniversary reunion tour and Justin Bieber Matrix trilogy remakes.

  • but i think it's more likely it will be another 300 wannabe with CGI blood and lots of slo-mo. Fuck you MTV!!!!!

  • is how i would spend Arnold's retirement! The first of the sequels is in the 'future' when John Conner has united the survivors & established a self contained civilisation with a city against the machines. The machines, all different models - later & ealier including the arnold model, have set up their own city also. The combat has reached a stalemate, and no side can establish the upper hand. The Machine A.I. has had a chance to develop and diversify due to the stalemate, & it is now factionalized between the purely killer A.I. and the more ulitility systems type of A.I. This second kind of A.I. has some developed some kind of parity with the killer A.I. & there is some questioning as to the wisdom of wiping out all the humans & their where to from there? What is the nature of their own civilisation & what is it for after the humans? John Connor is meeting with a delegation of this machine A.I. secretly, in a machine city area with the time machines, when they get raided by a patrol of all different kinds of terminator models, new models and older models, including Arnold. In the meelee that follows, both Connor & Arnold get transported back in time to a Dinosaur age. Connor is wounded, and quickly gets tracked down and beaten by the Arnold terminator, who then is about to kill him. This gets interrupted by a possy of herbivore Dinosaurs..... The Terminator coming face to face with the Dinosaurs, totally messes with it's concept of reality, due to the linearity programming inherent to it's A.I. not being able to assimilate Dinosaurs, due to some cosmic fabric of time construct stuff as relates to man. The Terminator finds it is not able to kill Connor & also that is suddenly has no purpose or is out of place in the construct of reality. Connor and the Terminator become friends, get to grips with this new factor in the equation, & hatch a plan to transport Dinosaurs back into the Machine civilization, destroying their linear existential sense of being & surrendering to the Dinosaur rampaging and destruction of their civilisation voluntarily. Thus John Connor beats the machines.....but wait.... As the remnants of the human earth civilisation start with a new destiny, the war over & the Terminators gone, a new Arnold Terminator turns up........Second sequel: It appears that they are not in the future, but actual in the past. & the use of the time machines, has put them all into a cosmic time loop, repeating itself over and over again, man and machine. The machines have worked this out, & sent back one, after many time loop attempts, to this place in time to meet with John Connor. They have calculated, that the way to fix this, is for John Connor and the Arnold Terminator, to time machine, into the future, to both respectively stop their now future selfs from using the time machines in sending back the initial two from the first Terminator film, as well as destroying the time machines. Connor goes back to battle the resistence & himself to do this ( they think he is a terminator) as does the Arnold Terminator go back to battle the machines to stop their side of the equation. Both eventually do this and perish together ( as friends). The series then ends in a relatively present day setting, with a person who looks like John Connor meeting an friendly A.I. utility, with the look of the Terminator Arnold, in a modern civilisation confidently going about it's future. Also, this way, you could watch the series sequels with only 1 & 3(my favs) or 1 & 2 & 3 & with possibly 4.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    AMAZING-- if this don't get you excited, then kill yerself!

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Fuck, so stoked!!! Gonna celebrate by 1.) smoking a bowl, 2.) putting on Manilla Road (great band for fans of Conan) 3.) rereading the awesome 2003-4 Del Rey collections of the original Conan stories as Howard wrote them & intended them

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Arnold sucks a dick as Conan and always has.

    by Holeman

    Why the fuck can't anyone realize this character on film the way he's written? Arnold's Conan cried like a little bitch. CONAN DOES NOT CRY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    bobo_vision don't hate on pro wrestlers

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    some are good actors, some not so good. Are you suggesting THEY LIVE shouldn't have used Rowdy Roddy Piper? Are you suggesting Jesse Ventura shouldn't have been in PREDATOR? Should Macho Man not have been BONESAW in Spider-Man?? Arnold's hardly a great thespian himself. As with his role in the first TERMINATOR, it's all a question of the proper casting. I think (of WWE's current roster) Sheamus, Damien Sandow, and maybe Tyler Reks could all be good, although I'd keep Reks in the background.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I hope this has a clean, Game of Thrones "realism" to it

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Although I'll buy a ticket regardless, I feel like this kind of sword & sorcery high fantasy is best when played relatively straight-- not a bunch of weirdo camera-movement crap or cartoony digital filters

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Mako is dead.

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    I would have preferred a proper-funded reboot over Arnold returning to a series that will cast no doubt that he's past action hero prime. We're getting into Roger Moore's A View to a Kill territory in terms of Arnold's age. Or Shatner and company in Star Trek V and VI. Star Trek VI was a great movie, but my god, the cast regulars were practically moving around with canes and walkers.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Arnold is CONAN: THE OCTOGENARIAN

    by jawsfan

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Mako's not dead, and re: wrestlers

    by Bobo_Vision

    As for wrestlers, the ones you mentioned Daddy Long Head like Roddy Piper, was good, and a lot of that has to do with his personality. But Jesse Ventura was passable. Luckily he was killed early in Predator, and was a joke in the Running Man. But this new generation of wrestling actors like The Rock or Stone Cold, are just atrocious. There's one in the Expendables too (i think) and he is awful, too. If they need actors with muscles to fight with, go with unknowns whose agents won't fight for them to have dialogue or big scenes, and whose egos won't prevent them from being killed off. As for Arnold, true, he's not the best actor, but he has gravitas. He's larger than life and that has always come through on screen.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Oops, okay Mako is dead

    by Bobo_Vision

    LOL RIP Mako.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Re: I hope this has a clean, Game of Thrones "realism" to it

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    That's not bad at all. Maybe a true and proper Conan reboot needs to occur via HBO, Cinemax, or another cable venue. As long as it can be gritty, have a sense of realism, yet hint and the dark subterfuge and magic that Robert E. Howard envisioned. Conan as a television series, especially with time jumps along the way, could be very, very awesome.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    King Conan or Conan the King would be a better title.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Seriously. I cant even count the number of "Arnold should do king conan" comments I've heard/read... granted they're going with a different title, but it may be the same film in the end.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    dragon_lee76 - how many heads have YOU chopped off with a sword?

    by wcolbert

    how do you know how high they fly? huh? huh? j/k :P

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Next up for Arnold: Westworld

    by wcolbert

    Come on...do it!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    That's just pathetic.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    No, really, I mean it. Anybody pumped by this idea needs to get pumped - with shotgun shells.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST

    wcolbert

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Westworld? Good idea. That would work for me.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    CONAN IS NOT NORDIC!!!

    by berserkrl

    nor is he a Viking or a believer in Valhalla. He is (like most of Howard's barbarian warrior characters) CELTIC. Conan is an Irish name. Crom is an Irish god. The Cimmerians were believed in Howard's day, rightly or wrongly, to be cognate with the Welsh Cymru. And Howard explicitly makes Conan's people the ancestors of the Celts, not of the Teutons or the Norse. Conan encounters tribes called Aesir and Vanir, ancestors of the Norse, but he isn't one of them. How can they get something this basic wrong?

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    CROOOOOOOOOOM!!!

    by xbagboy

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Conan does mention Valhala in the first one!

    by xbagboy

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Queefer, anyone excited about this needs to be killed? Really?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Your trolling needs work my friend. You overshot the mark.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 1:15 a.m. CST

    It isn't going to be based on the source material.

    by Chief Joseph

    That would require the hacks and suits to actually read books. You know that ain't gonna happen. They're too lazy to even read the comics and cartoons that they're aping.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST

    I dunno dudes...

    by KGersen

    after the disappointments of sequels such as T4, Predators and prequel like Prometheus....got to temper any excitement with a lot of caution. Also really not sure how a pretty old Arnie will work, will mean having a younger character (yeah Son of Conan or whatever) which could distract. Also Momoa was not the problem in the Conan remake. It was the shitty shitty so shit script. With a decent script, Momoa would have been fine.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    delayed sequels to 80s sword films

    by mrbong

    the eventual appearance of the promised follow up to The Sword And The Sorcerer did not go at all well.

  • No current Hollywood composers will be able to carry the weight of Poledouris' genius score. Prove me wrong Talkback.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Is this a joke?

    by The Comrade

    Arnold is down and out. When I saw him in "EXPENDABLES 2" he had one thing in common with Stallone and Van Damme: wrinkly skin. Seems like the typical "I don't have yet realized that I'm old" reaction from an aged movie star. I hope he doesn't die from a heart attack on the set.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Codename....

    by Lucky13

    I have one single word for you, my friend: *BWAAAAAAAAAAAM!!!!* Scores kick all kind of ass now.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2 a.m. CST

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck Yeah BITCHES

    by the1980mutant

    SOMETIMES FAN BOYS WIN!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST

    berserkr's right, Conan/Cimmerians are CELTIC/BRITON, not Norse.

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    In the books, the Aesir and Vanir were the Nordic Vikings!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Note to everyone fapping over this news -- be careful what you wish for

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    Arnie is 65. By the time the film is made, he'll be pushing 70. This sequel is TWENTY FUCKING YEARS TOO LATE.

  • Hypocrisy, much?

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:09 a.m. CST

    BREAKING NEWS: Mickey Rooney reprising his role as Down Syndrome Bill!

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Could be awesome

    by Lourdes Galan

    Arnold King Conan YES!!!

  • A grizzled older Conan with a beard who had seen many battles. While I would have loved for Arnold to have done this a decade ago instead of choosing politics, it's a role that can still be doable at his current age....if done right.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:26 a.m. CST

    bobo_vision keep out of my head you mind reading mutant freak!!!

    by Bradly Durant

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    They better not fuck this up.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    What made the original work so well was that Conan rarely spoke. The scenic panoramic environments. A great villain. A great soundtrack. Real action. I do not want an over bloated Hollywood CGI turd fest with one liners. Arnold should not speak much in this and his lines should be memorable and potent. Somehow I think we will get the shit fest that Hollywood is known for. I guess my expectations are low until proven otherwise.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Conan does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Is this story true??!?!? HOLY FUCK!!!!!!!!! I'll believe it will really happen... a bit further down the line. Camels of the world watch out.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    lucky13

    by CodeName

    Let us hope and pray that the Zimmerman factory stay far away from this film.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Crap, I meant to say Zimmer.

    by CodeName

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:09 a.m. CST

    This news pleases Crom

    by albert comin

    Now the big question is, will John Milius return to the director chair? I hope that happens so, Crom's willing. Yes, this is happy tiddings. But really, bring Milius back. And if not, the hell with you!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Annwvyn would be the proper Otherworld.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Or Tír na nÓg if you gave him an Irish flair.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:15 a.m. CST

    @Mr wcolbert

    by albert comin

    I agree with you, i love stories about grandpas and grandmoms kicking asses. And i think there's a market for that, or else how to explain the sucess of the RED movie? Also, a movie about Conan in his old age as a king facing a final adversary is not only good story, but it's also mythical. We see that stuff in legends of old like in Bewulf and how King Arthur met his end, as old kings having a last moment of glory. I say, bring this on. And if Arnold is now an old man, that's the point! Bring it on!

  • Praise Crom!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST

    @Mr codename

    by albert comin

    -"Let us hope and pray that the Zimmerman (Zimmer) factory stay far away from this film"- Pray Crom he hears your prays. i know Crom is not much to listen to prays, but i hope he answers this one. It would be justice.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Dear gods of cinema

    by tomimt

    let this happen and let it be good.

  • All the stories that Howard wrote after Conan's first story, "The Phoenix On The Sword", were in fact prequels.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    The Ridddle of Man-Boob

    by ScudPuppy

    You killed my fadda you killed my mudda you killed my PEOPLE

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Ged to dah choppa!

    by pearlanddean

    You know, in England, the word 'chopper' is slang for a gentlemen's weapon. And I don't mean the one you use for cutting down trees...

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST

    @Mr bedknobs_and_boomsticks

    by albert comin

    The original Conan stories are already heavily inspired by celtic myths (Conan's own name, for example, reflects such influences), as Howard himself was a major geek on such celtic myth subjects, due to the great pride he had on his scotish and irish roots.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Conan is not a Viking and call it "Crown of Iron"

    by chien_sale

    Conan I figure must be a Thrace a legendary race of barbarians. As for the title Legend of Conan sounds like Mask of Zorro. I knew when they dropped Robert Rodrigez and went from "Mark of Zorro" to "Mask of Zorro" it was a movie franchise than had lost its balls. I hope it's not the same with Conan.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    In fact call it "Conan: Blood, Fire & Steel"

    by chien_sale

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    I dunno, man. No Milius?

    by King_Knut

    Don't think it'll work. Milius' Conan was already removed from Howard's vision, which is why Arnold worked in that vision of the character and the world. We're too cynical these days for an old-school, Milius style Conan film, especially if Milius isn't involved.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 4:17 a.m. CST

    this is a reboot I can get behind

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    although you know it will suck. Fact!!!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 4:20 a.m. CST

    You want to know the riddle of steel? It's the least i can do for you.

    by albert comin

    Steel is not strong. Flesh is stronger. What's steel compared to the hand that helds it?

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    @Mr winona_ryders_pussy_juice

    by albert comin

    Looks more like a sequel then a reboot, if the news are correct. The writer/producer himself says it's a direct sequel to the first movie.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    @Mr king_knut

    by albert comin

    -"We're too cynical these days for an old-school, Milius style Conan film, especially if Milius isn't involved."- Speak for yourself, my friend. The Milus movie itself is not some lighthearted, all-family rosy adventure movie, it's gritty, dark, full of violence and a good dose of cynicism as well toward the human condition. What made Conan The Barbarian stand out from the other fantasy stuff of the day was indeed how darker it was compared to the rest. If anything, the 1982's "Conan The Barbarian" works ever better this days, when such darker fantasy shows like Game Of Thrones have proved so popular.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    The original Conan is so metal. Nobody writes lines like that anymore.

    by David Cloverfield

    What is best in life, the riddle of steel, that ridiculous/awesome Crom prayer (to hell with you). Soooo good.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST

    And whenever we talk about Conan:

    by David Cloverfield

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBGOQ7SsJrw

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 5:22 a.m. CST

    NEWS SO GOOD IT'LL MAKE YOU PUNCH A CAMEL!

    by loafroaster

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Adapt Hour of the Dragon!

    by Jeff Shanks

    Give us the real Robert E. Howard Conan on the big screen for once!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Anything has to be better than that Momoa debacle...

    by Darkness

    I would give Arnie a shot at an ageing Conan; it is more plausible than watching him resurrect the T-800. We need a more prolific writer who has a deft hand in this kind of genre - and not the writer of the "Fast" movies; you might as well invite Marcus Nispel back while your at it. I remember The Wachowski's seeking an interest in persuing a Conan movie: Better late than never. Although i would like to see the reformation of one, Millius and Stone...Wishful thinking.

  • There's a lot of really cool OCCULT symbols in Conan the Barbarian and it's MY OPINION that this new one needs to take it to the next level. I mean this thing needs symbols from OCCULT FREEMASONRY, BABYLONIAN, SUMERIAN, thrown in everything. Make the three Abrahamic faiths cringe. That's what this movie needs.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    *Ron*

    by Darth_Kong

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Executive Consultant John Milius

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    "Executive Consultant" is the mosten awesomest credit of all time.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 7:12 a.m. CST

    "Hard R"? "Ultra-violent"? I'd settle for a good story...

    by lprothro

    those are the exact same demands you guys made of the failed Mamoa/Nispel project.. and they listened to you--and made an ugly, sloppy, grotesque mess of a film where the story served the violence instead of the other way around. No thanks. Get someone like Roy Thomas or one of the dark horse guys to write this first and make sure you've got a solid story and the action scenes will just naturally fall into place. Shame about Jason, though. He really was the ideal Conan come to life, but in the wrong film.

  • I actually saw Conan the Destroyer as a kid even before I actually saw Conan The Barbarian seeing how I wasn't born when either of those came out LOL. But when I saw them I freaking loved them as a kid. I didn't hate Momoa's Conan though I thought it was decent. But to see The Governator back as Conan that's GOOD NEWS.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Only two decades to late...

    by wonderboy2402

    I am happy to hear that there is another film. I do wonder if he is a bit to old for the role, unless the story features a elder Conan brooding on his past glories with a younger stand in.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Viking ?

    by Kevin

    WTF?

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Without Milius on board, I honestly don't give a shit

    by Stegman84

    I mean let's face facts here, the Schwarzenegger Conan is not the Conan from Robert E. Howard's books in the slightest. It is, instead, Milius' own distinct take on Conan, as filtered through his own uniquely twisted vision, and so without him on board to steer this ship, I have no reason to think that this will turn out any different or any better than the watered down, Conan-lite effort that we got with Conan the Destroyer. I love the idea of a King Conan movie with Milius at the helm, but this, I'm nowhere near as sold on. Plus which, Arnold seems so desperate to recapture his filmic relevance that it looks like he'll sign on to make anything that even remotely sounds like an 80's era Arnie movie, good idea or no. I don't exactly trust his judgement right now, nor will I until he proves himself...and we won't know that until these films start coming out. But right now it looks very much like a desperate tilt at recapturing past glories, which frankly has me a little wary. And I say that as someone who is a fan of the guy.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by ZOMBRE

    John Milius involvment please. With an extra does of no CGI anywhere.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    You guys crack me up...

    by Mikey Wood

    ...news of a sixty-five year-old man signing on to play in a barbarian movie gets all of your pants a-tentin'... It's OVER, for God's sake. OVER. He and Stallone are desperately trying to hold onto something that they need to just let go. EXPENDABLES worked because, whether it was intended to be or not, it was a parody of the 80's-era action film (haven't seen the sequel yet so I can't say). So here's what's going to happen: IF the film gets made, the first images will begin to pop up here and you'll all say how horrible lit looks...then the trailer will debut and you'll all bitch and moan about one thing or another and add the word FACT! to the end of your posts...the movie will come out and you'll bitch about how it's going to be (inevitably) PG-13 and you just CAN'T Have a decent action movie if it isn't rated R but you'll all go see it anyway and bitch about how much it sucked until it comes out on DVD and you buy it the day it comes out.

  • performance out of Arnold. He needs to be directed almost frame by frame to ensure he doesn't suck shit. He can still pull off old Conan with the beard and armor so I'm in. Just needs steady hands behind the production. And no poledouris already sucks so hopefully they can rehash his themes and weave them into this.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    So pumped for this! Can he bang Grace Jones?

    by SlyWalker

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    FUCKING YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    by BilboRing

    Destroyer and the reboot did not happen. Fuck yeeeeaaaaaahhhh!!!!!! CROOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Enough talk!

    by Mel Garga

    This is an interesting idea though not likely to come to fruition in my opinion. The original is one of Arnold's best movies. It played perfectly to his strengths i.e. limited dialogue, gratuitous display of physique, etc. The pattern thus far is clear: these things are doomed to fail. We've built the originals up so much in our minds that they ultimately prove to disappoint. We'll never be satisfied. Don't bother.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    HE WAS BRED TO THE FINEST STOCK!!!!!!!

    by BilboRing

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Phoenix of the Sword featured a middle aged Conan

    by grendel69

    Huge Howard/Conan fan here. I have mixed feelings about this. I loved Milius film,but reading Howards original stories soured me on it a bit. Its a great sword and sorcery yarn but not a great Conan film. The biggest problem w/ the Mamoa version was the horrible script, I liked him in the role. Its too bad they killed a potential franchise w/ such a shitty film. I'd like to see Mamoa give it another shot with a creative team that doesn't suck.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Conan isn't

    by George

    this. He isn't Nordic. He isn't a VIKING. He doesn't give a shit about Valhalla. and evidently the producers don't give a shit about the source material. Damn. You guys enjoy your geriatric Arnold. I'll be reading the real Conan instead as he was originally conceived, that is until Hollywood can finally get it's head out of it's ass and do Conan justice.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    wow. I now forgive Arnold for the Governor bullshit

    by j

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    by George

    Robert E. Howard's Conan IS Conan - Arnold is just wearing furry panties - deal with it.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    georgethree33 - WHO ARE YOU?

    by Darth_Kong

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Valhalla does seem to be linked to Crom...

    by j

    according to... http://www.freewebs.com/irukafeihung/hyboriangods.htm Surprised me. I read most every story as a kid and dont really remember much other than he used to curse by a few of the gods and hated magic. I dont think the pantheon and details were fleshed out much in any of the tales.

  • Have him wade into the thick of war and fade from the shot.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Arnie must use whatever clout he has to bring Milius on board

    by CliffG368

    Milius has made it clear in the past that he wants to do a proper Conan sequel. This much is made clear in the DVD commentary he did with Arnold, and the fact that he took the time to write his own treatment for a sequel years ago. If Arnold truly wants to make the film the best it could be, then he should DEMAND that Milius be involved somehow. Of course, I would like to see Milius back in the director's chair for this one, but if in the end it is something less involved, then that will have to do. Milius should at the very least be consulted about the overarching arc of the story to be told. And while we are at it, why not throw in at least a cameo by Gerry Lopez as Subotai?

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Pleased, but cautious.

    by Kelly Grimes

    Ego over art seems to be Hollywood's attitude with this rehash trend lately. I would love to see some real old hands get a grip on this production. This has the potential to be Arnold's swan song and cap his career off with something awe-inspiring. ... Or the opposite. It's gonna be an exciting build up as production notes begin to trickle down to the public though.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I hope Arnie is hitting the gym

    by Joey Stars

    He might be able to get away with looking beefy and tough under a Terminator T-shirt, but with Conan, he's got to have his shirt off and physique on display.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    And bring back von Sydow as King Osric!

    by CliffG368

    Seriously, he only died in a scene cut from the movie. Perhaps Conan could seek his help in preparing for the final battle/war. After all, he owes Conan for the return of his "wayward daughter". King Osric, even more old and sotted!

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Ultra exists in this donkey asshole. Bring it!

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Yessss!!! Bring on the original theme music!!!

    by performingmonkey

    Everyone wants a true sequel to that all-time classic Conan.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    This is the news I've waited all my adult life for

    by Gordon

    Too excited for words

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    atari

    by punisher5150

    In the novelization by Robert Jordan Conan banging the blond chick was why everything went wrong with the ceremony at the end. It definitely took the story from Destroyer and made it more Conan-esque.

  • If this was 1998 or something, I'd be flipping out but Arnold is like what...a few years away from 70? There's only one angle to play here and that's the same angle they played with Max Von Sydow in 'Conan the Barbarian'. Arnold is now over 10 years older than Von Sydow was in Conan back in '82 (Sydow was 53 at the time and Arnie is currently 65) The old, warrior king on his throne. Hiring mercenary warriors to fight for him because he recognizes his age has deprived him the necessary strength to carry that steel to any effect any longer. But will we get this? Or some half-assed version of a semi-geriatric Arnold lugging around a sword? *Still* able to kick ass as an old barbarian? Really? as a king too? why? I love the idea of an Unforgiven-esque treatment of the character...altho the true Conan wouldn't likely be that overly reflective over the people and monsters he had killed over the years ("Enough talk!" and all that), many of which were far more vile and evil than anyone William Munny may have killed. While Arnold doesn't remotely resemble the literary Conan in physical form, much less characterization, I'd welcome Arnie back as Conan but they have to realize that cgi-mapping Arnie faces on a younger guy so he can still be a bastard-sword slinging barbarian stretches all credibility to thin to believe. This did this with Christopher Lee in the new star wars trilogy and it looked stupid to me (sorry). now, lee fightinig McKellan as Sarumon and Gandalf was excellent but they're wizards, depending on their guile and intelligence, not sword-fighters depending on their strength and agility. And these ain't handguns folks...Clint may be able to pull a little of that old gunslinger in his elder years and still be believable as William Munny in Unforgiven but a heavy ass bastard sword in the hands of an almost 70 year old "Barbarian"? i don't think so. but then, i would love nothing more than to be completely wrong about this. conan the barbarian is a lifelong favorite of mine (dragged me poor pops to the theater more than once back in the day to see it). but please, please, for the love of Crom himself...find the strength to resist the creatively bankrupt temptation to give Conan a son to continue to franchise (ala Indy, Beverly Hills Cop, Die Hard(?), etc) don't try to be clever and make it a twist by making it a daughter either. better he has no children and, thus, no one to inherent his throne (he didn't inherit his kingdom in the book anyway, he took it for himself, as a true Cimmerian would).

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Having read Arnie's recent autobiography, I trust his judgment....

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    He expressed a lot of regrets about the PG-13 Conan the Destroyer (hell, he seemed to be wary about making any of his action movies anything but 'R'). Now that could all be sales talk, but I think he really knows what the fans want to see and will ensure it'll happen. And to hell with all the bashing fuckers here: Arnie's too old, he's too flabby, he's not Howard's Conan, derp derp derp.... First of all, Arnold is age-appropriate for this role, since it is Conan as an older ruler, so that isn't an issue at all. His tenure as Governor gives him a lot of real-life gravitas that will feed into the part. Secondly, he's not flabby. Anyone who has seen recent stills will know that he's starting to get in great shape and putting on a lot of muscle mass. By the time this rolls into production he will be fit and ready. And thirdly, some of these idiots thought Momoa was more accurate to Howard's Conan, which was complete crap. Conan is not a pretty boy Hawaiian surfer. So their judgment of what constitutes an 'accurate' portrayal of Conan is ignorant. Now, my concerns are not with Arnold, but with the director and the script. Why not use Millius' old script, since it is excellent? There's no need to write a new one. Maybe they can touch up a few things in Millius' draft, but that's all. As for director, if not Millius, they need a director with gravitas, like Ridley Scott or Peter Weir or Zhang Yimou. Not an MTV inspired hack. The new Conan needs to be a combination between LOTR, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones, that kind of tone and seriousness. It needs to be a hard R. It does NOT need to be a flashy piece of shit for teens like the failed reboot, inspired by 300 or Immortals or any of that junk. Crom wills it so!!

  • Anyone who thinks that is a complete fucking moron with absolutely no taste whatsoever. Complete, unquestionable fact. I love the Milius film, but some statements are just so monumentally wrong that they must not be let stand unchallenged. That bullshit was one of them.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    turd_is_floating

    by CodeName

    I second what you said. Great points. They also need a brilliant film composer and not the hack that is coming out of recent films today. At this point, I can't list anyone off the top of my head that would give the new Conan film a distinct soundtrack. Nothing sticks out anymore in the Hollywood soundscape.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Neither Mamoa nor Schwarzenegger "look" like the literary Conan

    by Darth Macchio

    Sorry but I, like many others, have read the books and Conan was never the muscle bound swordsman portrayed in the movies. Howard (no need to go to Robert Jordan here - Howard invented the character and the world of Hyborea) described Conan, in more than one instance, as being powerful and sleek like a "panther", not massive and 'weight-lifter' like as portrayed in the films. So, think more like a modern runner (more muscular than lithe but not bulky) or track athlete as opposed to a bulky weight lifter. Conan was always more "Bruce Lee" than he was "Hulk Hogan"...at least until Hollywood came along and turned him into a giant muscleman. Don't take my word for it - read Robert Howard's original work for Conan.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Turd, you're very wrong about Mamoa..

    by lprothro

    Those of us who appreciate his portrayal (excluding the admittedly awful film he happened to be in) have read Howard and know that Conan is tall, dark, has a low forehead and a deep "gravelly" voice, is fast and mobile instead of lumbering and musclebound, and a rather agnostic view towards Gods and the afterlife. Anyone claiming Mamoa wasn't a good fit for the role is clearly judging him against the comics or the previous films as opposed to the original literary works. With that said, Arnie is an amazing screen presence and it should be interesting to see him reprise the role (should this film actually ever get made).

  • So send your gripes to 1982.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    And Mamoa was brillaint in Game of Thrones...

    by Darth Macchio

    Seriously...I was completely unsold on him in Conan and Game of Thrones...completely unsold. Guy was a fashion model right? I mean holy shit, right? Now he's an actor? Why? Weightlifting? But then I saw that season 2 episode with Mamoa and I completely changed my tune. As Khal Drogo, and after a failed assassination attempt on his wife (the crazy beautiful and superb Emilia Clark as Daenerys Targaryan 'Khalishi'), he goes on this verbal rant, stalking around a fire and slowly building his words for revenge. Words in a completely made up foreign language, mind you. And he's all but roaring at the end at how he will take the throne...I was freaking out...guy was so good and so perfect as Drogo that it gave me chills. He wasn't some fashion model with eyeliner...he was Khal Drogo swearing revenge at those who would kill his wife and turn down his people - it was a perfect scene and a perfect casting. it was a brilliant performance and i was thrilled to be proven so utterly wrong in my initial convictions. Mamoa may not have the proper look for Conan but, to me, he more than has the skill to portray any character remotely like Conan, including Conan himself of course...no question at all on that.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    "He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.".....FUCK YEAH!

    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    BOBO

    by lprothro

    I love the '82 film. Hell I even love "Destroyer". All I'm saying is Mamoa came a lot closer to the characters original literary roots, both physically and characteristically, and that his portrayal is usually given a lot more credit by those of us who have actually read Howard.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    lprothro, that's cool

    by Bobo_Vision

    I like Howard's stories, but have not read many of them. I own a few anthologies but haven't had time to finish them. The original Conan is my favorite movie of all time. If they incorporate more elements from the books, that'd be cool, but really, I hope they make a film that meshes with the world Oliver Stone and John Milius created back in 1982. That would make me really happy.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Milius's creation..

    by lprothro

    is distinctly unique, and if 2011 Conan was the best they can do with the literary version, than maybe the monosyllabic, viking oaf of the eighties films is the best way to go. 'Got love for that Conan too---and frankly, would never have been introduced to the character without him!

  • This will suck so very much and I await the "X raped my childhood" rage to follow this inevitable pile of shit.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Okay...I have no real loyalty to CONAN...

    by Mikey Wood

    I've only read a couple of the books, a handful of the comics, and seen the three movies. CONAN THE BARBARIAN ('82) was awesome. CONAN THE DESTROYER was terrible. Even when I was a kid, I knew it was terrible. But the recent CONAN was enjoyable. Momoa was great in the role. More what I pictured Conan as looking and acting like. Why all the hate? What was so wrong with it?

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    darth macchio....

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    you are spot on about Momoa in GOT. That scene you mentioned gave me chills...I think I stood up and yelled "FUCK YEAH" (may have had a few drinks). It was then I thought Momoa was a legit actor.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    @mikeywood

    by fauns_bass_1

    I agree with everything you say... Barbarian was a classic, Destroyer was total and utter fucking shit, reboot was pretty good I thought. I can't understand why it was torn apart. The only reason why the reboot bombed was because Schwartzenegger wasn't in it. ... Just because he's in a new sequel doesn't guarantee that it will be good. This could go either way. I think Damon Lindhoff should script it. JOKE!!! How about some new fucking ideas?

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Source Material

    by Joel

    If done correctly, Conan could be a franchise on the scale of James Bond. There are that many good stories about him, written by Howard and Jordan both. It would be refreshing to see Conan THINK himself out of a jam. Tragically, that won't happen.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Darth, gotta disagree...

    by grendel69

    Howards stories are full of Conan performing extraordinary feats of strength. They would require the man to be of extreme strength and size. I had no problem with Mamoas build as a younger Conan fresh from the hills of Cimmeria. But "Bruce Lee type". Hell no. Howard is pretty clear about Conans freakishly large size even when standing amoung other powerful warriors.

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Arnold is a God among men.....

    by Marc

    The one and only true Conan..... This movie will be a fucking epic masterpiece if done right.....It needs to handle with love and care like the LOR trilogys were. FUCK YEAH!!!! A THOUSAND FUCK YEAH's!!!!!!!

  • It's an image ingrained into people's head. He has to be the badass of badasses, big mother fucker that slice people with an axe. Forget ever having ever mentioned that panther thing and go back to bed.

  • Oct. 27, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    2011 Conan was unwatchable I turned off the blu ray after 30 minutes

    by Autodidact

    Hey we got Rose McGowan in our movie lets give her makeup that makes her hard to look at. And tell our lead actor he needs to constantly mean-mug because that's what really tough guys do.

  • All the talk of him still being in another terminator movie... oh god no. At this stage he'd have to be the character it's based on or something. Or a terminator made to look old. Or something else which makes no total fucking sense. What I think kills film franchises is the inability to move on.

  • Conan never really got correctly adapted IMO. Schwarzenegger films never got the attitude of the character right. Momoa film was good but too originy and the ending was weak. kurt busiek did good, but that was comics where they can afford to do things like be good. planning on read the howard originals soon. Bought a collection and everything.

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