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Why Moriarty Is Building A Statue Of John Milius And The Wachowskis!

Hey, all. "Moriarty" here. I first started getting e-mail about this story last week, and I was waiting until I either heard confirmation myself or saw a solid story about the rumors online somewhere. Well, looks like the fine folks at FilmForce.IGN have done the required legwork, and they've got what sounds like a damn solid confirmation of the new project I am most excited to see, John Milius' KING CONAN.

Anyone who read my recent RUMBLINGS regarding CONAN THE BARBARIAN knows just how much love I harbor for the film. One of the things that always bummed me out most about it is how beautifully the film promises us a sequel, and all we got was that shitty Grace Jones thing a few years later. Ugh. There was nothing in that film that fulfilled the promise that we would see the story of how Conan eventually became a king. That was such a great story thread to suggest, and the notion that John Milius is going to be back to write and direct the new film with the Wachowskis serving as producers is exciting. It's beyond exciting. It makes me do a dance of sheer geek joy. Of course Arnold will come back for this film if the price is right. He's doing TERMINATOR 3 without James Cameron, fer pissakes, something he once swore he'd never do. Besides, this film should help Arnold get that CRUSADE jones out of his system since that film continues its glacial progress towards the screen despite the best efforts of both Arnold and Paul "the crazy Dutchman" Verhoeven. Here's a chance for Arnold to deal with his aging in a story that still allows him to be a powerful force, even as it adds new shades to his heroic image. I'm going to be such a nuisance during the production of this film. I won't be able to help myself. Prepare, Milius, for I will unleash all my henchmen and use all my Evil influence to learn the secrets of KING CONAN!!

And I'm going to do the festive dance of "hell, yes," the whole time.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • July 16, 2000, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Arnold.......

    by iAmGladiator

    Man, I'm gettin' tired of Arnold..Motherfucker has fucking hundreds of millions, and he's still only persuaded by the allmighty dollar....fuck him... And a Terminator movie with James Cameron is impossible....He fucking is the Terminator......Oh well, it's good to know Arnold is a fucking puppet to the Hollywood Cash Machine.....I don't know what the fuck I'm sayin'....

  • July 16, 2000, 8:30 a.m. CST

    without*

    by iAmGladiator

  • July 16, 2000, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Beastmaster

    by Melkur

    Screw Conan. Let's have another direct to video BEASTMASTER movie complete with Marc Singer in full flow. Talking of whom. How about a big budget 'V' movie? Who else to play Diana then Sigourney Weaver. Been fighting Aliens all her life know she get's to be one. :)

  • July 16, 2000, 9:04 a.m. CST

    John *yawn* Milius

    by jettison

    Marcello, I'm bored with John Milius. Oh, but that's right, he's Mr. "I'm the greatest mythological writer ever". I forgot. Can't wait.

  • July 16, 2000, 9:05 a.m. CST

    So....

    by Otter

    what about the Wachowski's???

  • July 16, 2000, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Wachowskis and Conan

    by MagnoliaMan

    I remmeber a few years ago, shortly after Bound was released, Movieline got a bunch of filmmakers to talk about what they felt were the most underrated films. The Wachowskis entry was Conan the Barbarian and they said it was their favourite film. Its good to see fans of the film doing their part to make sure the proper sequel finally gets made. I'm not sure if Milius still has it, though. Did he ever have it? Yes, I think, for about 3 films, from Wind and the Lion to Conan the Barbarian, with Big Wednesday in between (my personal favourite). Red Dawn sucked, though, but that came later. Coincidentally, I'm watching the newish Conan SE DVD while I read this and write my reply. Very strange.

  • July 16, 2000, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Robert E. Howard film

    by BranMakMorn

    The Thirteenth Warrior was closer to REH than Milius ever got. Milius' Conan film was not Conan- he used the name but missed the character and story which REH created. Search around the web for Robert E. Howard sites which tell the TRUE story of Conan and it's creator. Hollywood is missing a lot. It's a a shame because there's lots of misinformation being presented about this character.

  • July 16, 2000, 9:37 a.m. CST

    It could be worse...

    by Aquilian Ranger

    It could turn out to be like that horrible "Kull" movie, *shiver*. Lets hope that they do Conan justice. By the way, has anyone heard anything about the possible "Solomon Kane" film?

  • July 16, 2000, 9:54 a.m. CST

    THIS IS GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!

    by crimsonrage

    I loved the first "Conan" up until that ugly lady showed up. The movie started out excellently, then went down the tubes fast. Sure I still like the film, but after she showed up it seemed to get dumber and for some reason the film seemed to look cheaper. Here's hoping this one is as good. Milius is truly underrated, I mean he wrote "Apocalypse Now"!!! That is easily the BEST war film of all time!!!!! My fingers are crossed on this one.

  • July 16, 2000, 10:25 a.m. CST

    CROM! (Babble)

    by SwanEater

    As much as it pains me to admit, the fellow above who mentions Conan as a

  • July 16, 2000, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Sorry Mo. (Stupid Swan)

    by SwanEater

    I got so excited about spewing off on Conan that I misread Mo's article as being that of our hairy host. Sorry about that, man. I'll pay more attention next time... But while i'm here again... CROM!

  • July 16, 2000, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Don't ya just love the smell of Moriarty in the morning?

    by Bari Umenema

    Personally I prefer the smell of napalm in the morning, but then that's just me. As for King Conan the Librarian, oy vay -- but it'll be nice to see Milius behind the camera again calling Action! on something -- anything -- just let the man Direct again!!

  • July 16, 2000, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Wonderful

    by Prankster

    "To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, to hear the lamentation of their women. heh. John Milius is like a conservative breath of fresh air in today's liberal-pukehead Hollywood." Yeah, I mean, those liberal pinkos won't even stand up for a decent, hardworking American's right to hear the lamentations of his enemies' women. Thanks, Ben, you've effectively outlined why I find Conan so depressing.

  • July 16, 2000, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!

    by Giant Fish

    King Conan sounds like a dream come true. Even though Conan the Barbarian is a bit flawed (some wooden acting, dated effects) it's surprisingly true to the novels and comics. It deserves a better follow-up than the Destroyer and Red Sonja. However, they do need Arnold for this, and I'd be very surprised indeed if he decided to do this. Reprising his first major role? A nihilistic savage? Cuddly Ahnold who did Junior and Jingle all the way? Well, although End of Days was atrocious, it was anything but a family pic, so it might happen after all.

  • July 16, 2000, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Mitra we need a king now

    by Franchess

    Here in aquilonia the country of Luc Besson And "le pacte des loups" we need a king and he can only be KING CONAN

  • July 16, 2000, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Milius Is One of the All Time Greatest Screenwriters....

    by Buzz Maverik

    When I was a kid in the 70s, I'd read newspaper ads for the movies I liked and I kept seeing this name: John Milius as the writer. In JEREMIAH JOHNSON and THE LIFE & TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN, which I saw with my parents at drive-ins,the characters talked better than real people and better than movie people. Nobody sounded like them. As a college student in the 80s, being a geek, I carried at copy of the great FILM COMMENT interview done with Milius in the mid-70s wherever I went. I think he's a good director, and I know that his generation all wanted to be directors, and that he has some protection over his work, but if I could write like him, I'd write all the time, hire kids who'd do what I told them to direct and have myself listed as producer. Hollywood, being Jerkcity, hasn't treated this great talent with enough respect in the last decade, maybe decade and a half. It's his politics, I guess. I mean, I completely disagree with him politically. I had older brothers in Vietnam and their now to the left of Oliver Stone politically. Like one of them says, It's cool to be a hawk if you fought, but if you didn't (for whatever reason) you belong with the doves. But the way Milius has been treated in Hollywood is completely wrong. He makes great films. He's a great writer. He should be making a movie whenever he wants. It only goes to show the trendiness and shallowness and insecurity of the Industry's "political" viewpoints. Notice how they all seemed more in line with John during the Reagan years? King Conan is going to be magnificent. The Matrix brothers are the coolest, smartest filmmakers in the mainstream and this proves it.

  • July 16, 2000, 12:08 p.m. CST

    What next Commando 2?

    by corvette63

    Does Arnold have anything original lined up in the near future that has a butt licks chance of succeeding at the box office?

  • July 16, 2000, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Get ready for more...

    by Falcon-1

    While I agree it would be great to see Arnold back as Conan; I'm just wondering if all this might hinge on how well LOTR does. It seems that H'wood tends to release films in groups. When Conan did so well, we were flooded with Sword and Sorcery type movies. When Star Wars did so well, we were diluged with sci-fi / fantasy films. H'wood is the last place to look for orginality and I'm just wondering if the studios are hedging thier bets by putting a bunch of sword and sorcery films in pre-production so they have something to offer up against LOTR. Think about it. With the X-Men ruling the box-office this weekend, it'll be no suprise if WB puts the next Superman and Batman on the fast track as well as other studios doing the same. As far as Arnold being a puppet to the H'wood cash machine; you guys are full of it. Arnold's choices of films have been the choices made by an actor trying to expand his horizons and not be pigeon-holed to one type of film. Granted, he's great in the action genre, but you have to hand it to him for at least trying to be more than a muscle-bound, sword slinging hero. Try not to be so narrow-minded to think that if Arnold isn't hacking and slashing his way to box-office success; the movie is a bomb. One of the greatest things about the first Die Hard film was that you weren't sure if Bruce Willis could actually get out of that building alive. If Stallone or Arnold had been John McClaine (sp?), the suspense wouldn't have been there and we would have expected the ending we got. The way it was, we were on the edge of our seats right up to the end. Besides, I would much rather see Doc Savage than another Conan film. Been there done that, let's move on.

  • July 16, 2000, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Crom laughs at your four winds, he laughs from his mountain

    by Rechopper

    Is it just me, or does Conan the King sound better then King Conan, anyways, Conan the Barbarian is probibly my favorite movie, as as for this, I hope it will be as great as it can be, they should get Basil Poledouris to do the score of course, CTB has one of the best soundtracks of any movie I've seen. And to that guy who said The 13th warrior was closer to REH than Milus ever got, The 13th Warrior was based on Eaters of the Dead by Criton, wich was his version of a Beowulf-type story, it wasnt written by REH.

  • July 16, 2000, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Honestly I preferred Conan the Destroyer. . .

    by Narcoleptic

    . . .I guess bringing Wilt Chamberlain back is now out of the question but I'd love to see Grace Jones in King Conan.

  • Arnold and Millius kicked ass on the first one. Why ruin the third one for yourself....

  • July 16, 2000, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Actually the Definitive Milius Movie is "Big Wednesday", but jus

    by Bari Umenema

    I may be wrong, but has it ever been released on video? I looked and could not find it and I belong to a pretty good video store and they could not get it. What gives?? Anyway, it's the definitive Milius Movie because it captures his surf-rebel personality and glorifies the purity and essence of the lifestyle -- Milius really is a Rebel With A Cause -- there was a recent cover-story profile of him in one of the Creative Screenwriting magazines, can't remember if it was Script or Fade In but it was a great retrospective on him with a damn good interview, now to find a tape of "Big Wednesday"...

  • July 16, 2000, 2:07 p.m. CST

    To Wheel99: Why look for Conan scoops?

    by Reverend Dave

    Um, because... that's the original purpose of this site? The thing Harry did even before he started writing reviews? If you don't want the movie [ahem] spoiled for you, you don't have to read the Conan articles. Peace.

  • July 16, 2000, 2:13 p.m. CST

    13thWarrior/beowulf/REH

    by BranMakMorn

    I'm fully aware of that as I read the book before it was on film. However, I was speaking of Crichton who in interviews admits that his adaptation of Beowulf was also his homage to the works of Robert E. Howard.

  • July 16, 2000, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Arnold's biggest problem...

    by sprocket-bot

    ...he's only motivated by holding on to his fading star-status! This is why he will do T3 without Cameron, It's a surefire hit for him. I hope King Conan becomes top priority and then Doc Savage. Personally, I've seen all I need to see of the Terminator films, the story has been told and Cameron knows this. I want to see Cameron (and Arnold) focus on new projects and not sequels, or in Arnolds case, 3rd rate action films. And John Milius at the helm again is exciting as hell!

  • July 16, 2000, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Big Wednesday video

    by kennethearl

    available at www.bearsurf.com - also T-shirts, movie posters, stickers, hats, etc...

  • July 16, 2000, 5:25 p.m. CST

    umm.... Hasn't anyone got the Conan:SE DVD?

    by Jym Jonez

    Am I the only one who noticed the friggin' new ending narrated by the Wizzard that now says "That story shall also be told...."? Not to mention Arnie's interview almost comming out and saying they are doing another one? Why is this all of the sudden a "scoop"?

  • July 16, 2000, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I'm looking for the CRUSADE script!

    by Pieplu

    I know, my request may seem a little stupid but I often see people in the talk backs who claim to have it. I am afraid that we will never see this movie in a theater (or perhaps with Brendan Fraser and directed by Woody Allen!). For KING CONAN, I hope Poledouris will also return.

  • July 16, 2000, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, it is a Tumour, you have one week to live.

    by Krang

    Not that I really care about what I'm about to say but anyway...wasn't Arnie going to do a tooth fairy movie. I thought that was serious. Oh well. Terminator 3 - should be good. Terminator 2 is awesome. Do you think whoever directs it will give it a metallic look like in T2? Hey, you know what would be even better than T3? Running Man 2 or Total Recall 2. Terminator 2 was his best movie but I thought it ended very well and should be left alone. I mean that bit were Arnie lowers himself into the lava. That was really goddamn sad. If he comes back in Terminator 3, it will be like "Oh, who cares that he died, he'll just keep coming back". I think T2 ended on a really good note - some hope for the future. Now you're telling me there's going to be female terminators fighting Arnie. Sounds like a big steaming pile of cliche bullshit.

  • July 16, 2000, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Dr. Amygdala Is Right but it's the Industry as a Whole that Need

    by Bari Umenema

    Hence my moniker, Barium Enema for those of you who couldn't put it together. Fortunately there are Talkbackers who are Noble Warriors in pursuit of the Unvarnished Truth, which is what makes this site so damn cool...It's not just Harry who needs the enema (although a good enema now and again can be a cleansing thing) nor is it AICN, it's HOLLYWOOD AS A WHOLE that needs a thorough cleansing, much the same way in which Travis Bickle praised the rain in "Taxi Driver" for cleaning the city and washing the crap from the streets and down into the sewers. Carry On Good Soldiers and Seekers of the Truth...

  • July 16, 2000, 8:34 p.m. CST

    And Thanks to KennethEarl on where I can find the Big Wednesday

    by Bari Umenema

  • July 16, 2000, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Yes, we know. BOY do we know.

    by Sgt. Bilko

    That one must have been the longiest 'Rumblings' ever. Oh well. To each his own.

  • July 16, 2000, 11:39 p.m. CST

    To Amygdala: That has GOT to be the longest, most self-absorbed

    by One Angry Dwarf

    Take a memo, bunghole: Just because you passed Freshman Writing in college doesn't mean you have any thing to say. Your long-winded diatribe boiled down into : "Waaaaah! Waaaah! I don't like Harry! Harry doesn't have the same opinions I do, but he's now famous! WAAAAAAAAH!" I swear, I get tired of being the ONLY FUCKING RATIONAL MIND here, I swear to God. Let's go over this point by point. (A) The studios have invited Harry to premiers and stuff. Why? Because the Internet fucking MATTERS, my friend. It is real, it is pervasive, and it affects the way movies are made, promoted and consumed. Studios want good press; that's a goddamn no-brainer. To do it, they're willing to allow Harry into places he previously had to con his way into. Uh, that's a good thing dipshit, it means we, the readers, the people who want the news in the first place, win. (B) Studios co-opted his anonymity.... right, the anonymity of a guy who puts his name and face all over the site. He's about as sex in a well-lit room with your wife. And that precvious anonymity was really helping him, right? I can just imagine the line at an advance screening: "--Who are you? --I'm Roger Ebert. --Get lost, punk, I know your name." (C) Harry has to avoid saying he didn't like films? Right, buddy, this is where your whole arrogant rant falls apart. This is just the old "Harry liked a movie that I hated so I must hound him to the ends of the Earth" routine warmed up for the millionth time. Pick up a newspaper, shithead. Do you always agree with Ebert? Or Rex Reed? Or Leonard Maltin? Or fucking TRUFFANT? If you don't, do you hound them to the ends of the Earth and rant anonymously about how they can't be trusted and need an enema? Do you, assfucker? Harry like Godzilla, so did I. (And I am NOT having THAT argument here.) Sometimes I agree with Harry's reviews, sometimes not. That's life, bucko, two rational people with rational disagreements. Only a complete tool like yourself extrapolates that into "Harry can nevermore be trusted and must be obliterated." (D) Harry is irrelevant? Here's a short list of some of the movies I went to see on Harry's advice: Chicken Run, Run Lola Run, Six String Samurai, Iron Giant, Princess Mononoke, Ghost Dog and (soon) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I probably wouldn't have seen this if Harry hadn't drawn them to my attention. So you may think he's irrelevant, but I say God bless him for being a voice that points out the little guy even when a big studio flick is around. Harry likes a big studio flick himself sometimes, and I say good. Shows the fucker's got a sense of fun. ----------------------------------- See, the greatest mystery here is, what have you, Doctor, done to further the art of film? What body of work have you built up? Where's your acclaimed and popular website? HUH? Can't hear you, shitbird. It boils down to: Harry has earned respect and you resent him. You envy him. You put your time into tearing him down when you should be building something up yourself. It is you who's sold ut, sold out to be a bitter, untrusting ZERO who will contribute exactly nothing. YOU will be ignored. YOU will be forgotten. YOU are irrelevant.

  • July 17, 2000, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Dr. Amygdala you've missed the whole point

    by swavill

    Unless I've missed Harry publishing a Manifesto claiming to be on a grand crusade for the betterment of film. As near as I can tell this site was set up because Harry loved films and wanted to share his views and ideas. Let me explain this to you and others like you one more fucking time. HARRY IS NOT A FILM CRITIC!!! He is a FILM ENTHUSIAST. He looks for reasons to like films not dislike them. Even in films that he thinks are total pieces of shit (see his reviews of MI-2 and Battlefield Earth) he finds things to like. You may not like the same things he does and things that he dislikes may not bother you but i have never seen any indication of Harry's reviews being colored by anything other than his comic book collecting,Kung Fu watching, SCI-FI and fantasy loving personality. As for the unprecidented access he is being granted. Its the reason we keep coming back to this site. Harry started out getting scoops from people inside the industry. This bothered the studio executives because they felt it was a loss of control. But they soon realized that this was free advertising and unsolicited feedback.Having the fans be able to voice their opinions and ideas in these talkbacks was a stroke of genius. If you think the studios and film makers aren't reading these things your fooling yourselves.They discovered that by giving Harry more access they recieve more feedback all the way through the movie making process. If you look at the types of films that Harry is getting to see being made you will notice that they are subject matter that he is predisposed to like. His opinions and those of fans on this site will be very valuable in deciding what the movie going public will pay to see in the future. As for some of the "scoops" not panning out the opportunity to cuss and discuss them is what is so fun about this site. I also would not be at all surprised if some of the scoops were leaked by the studios just to get fan feedback.So to Harry,Moriarity,Father Geek and the rest keep up the good work we love this site. For everyone else sorry about the long post but the sellout bit every time Harry takes a trip is getting a little old.

  • July 17, 2000, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Yay, another debate on the merits of this site.

    by Niiiice

    I'm too tired right now to go copy and paste some of my old posts on this subject (there must be at least a hundred talkbacks that've turned into ones like these). If you're a genuine film lover then its easy to recognize a shared quality in Harry, and that's something that you rarely see in film reviers today. And that's a sincere enthusiasm for movies and the process through which they go through to be made. How many time have you felt like you were reading a dissertation on film from a newspaper critic? I swear I sometimes learn more about the reviewer than the film he/she is reviewing. Now of course Harry's coming from a totally different angle. Which can be both good and bad. He lacks the objectivity of film critics and often gets carried away by his feelings. For those of you who were there to see his first Ebert appearance, notice how Ebert struggled to grasp the concept that Harry didn't like SLC Punk just because he didn't like Mathew Lillard. (Harry: I just don't like the guy; Ebert(at the end): Harry didnt like Lillard's performance) I forgot whether I had a point in posting, maybe it was just to say "I'm back."

  • July 17, 2000, 3 a.m. CST

    King Conan

    by ddd

    Doing T3 without Cameron sure sounds like the act of very desperate Arnold. But John Milius IS one the greatest american screenwriters, a man who is extremely underused and whose work is repeatedly fucked up by others (I'm really scared to see Texas Rangers after Miramax gave it the Teenie-Treatment). KING CONAN sounds like a damn good idea. With the Wachowskis producing and Milius writing and directing (and hopefully Poledouris scoring) this should make a real good opportunity for Arnold to apologize for all the shit films he's been giving us the last couple of years.

  • July 17, 2000, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Haven't any of you heard the commentary on the Conan special edi

    by MOVIE DOG

    ...Which by the way was complete crap! Arnie didn't even remember the movie! He was basically doing play by play commentary. They shoulda had Basil and Stone on the commentary(without Oliver Stones' original screenplay the movie never woulda been made)and Roy Thomas shoulda been on there too, as a Conan historian! Anyway at the end of the commentary Arnold says "we have to make another one...King Conan and Milius agrees. I watched this a month a go when it came out. This is awesome news at any rate...Conan the Barbarian is my favourite movie ever and Basil's score is the best score ever done for a movie. BTW ...Subotai must return! "I am Archenian! From the great order of Curlot!" Gerry Lopez is the MAN! Robert E. Howard rocks now and for ever! Peace, I'm out...Crom laughs at you four winds!

  • July 17, 2000, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Amygdala has 1 (one) good point

    by Superdudebobby

    Despite his annoying copy & pasting of other sites' anti-Harry rants, Amygdala does manage to make one good point, which is that Moriarty should step up and address the whole Ep.2-title fiasco. For those who don't remember it: there was a 'Rumblings' in which Moriarty annoyingly, matter-of-factly threw in the title of Ep2. as if it were common knowledge. "When 'Episode II: the Seventh Tower' starts principal photography next month" or words to that effect were used. Initially, speculation ran rampant (in talkbacks and newsgroups alike) about how Moriarty knew the title and if it was accurate (a reaction, I can only assume, that Moriarty was hoping for when he threw it out there). Pretty soon, though, the truth surfaced. Turns out 'Seventh Tower' wasn't the Ep2. title at all, but rather a multi-media children's book series that one of Lucas' companies is planning (from what I've seen its their slightly more mature answer to Harry Potter). So Moriarty made an embarrasing 'faux pas', all the more so because of the irksomely arrogant way in which he relayed the "news". His reaction? None whatsoever. Since then, 'Seventh Tower', the offending 'Rumblings', in fact anything relating to the Episode 2 Title have gone totally unmentioned on AICN. No retraction, no 'oops, I was wrong'. Nothing. Now, I understand that Harry & co. can't go around debunking every rumour they've ever posted when it turns out untrue, but this is different. This is the Episode II title. This is Moriarty, a respected staff member. And I still see 'The Seventh Tower' reported as fact on the web and newsgroups every now and again. Moriarty should just own up to it and explain once and for all how this mistake came to pass. But I suspect he won't precisely because he is Moriarty, who is never wrong.

  • July 17, 2000, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Another "Bad Idea"

    by Bandito

    I think this is going to end up a pure pile of shite. If it ever comes to pass. I feel it in my bones.

  • July 17, 2000, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Solomon Kane movie

    by Wandering Star

    To the above who asked about the Robert E. Howard Solomon Kane movie; we have a script, it was developed by Wandering Star, producers of the Modesty Blaise movie at Miramax and also Semana Santa which is filming this year with Mira Sorvino.

  • July 17, 2000, 10:11 a.m. CST

    "Fiasco"? Give Me A Break...

    by Moriarty

    I hadn't been reading these Talk Backs, but upon doing so, I was greatly amused by the talk of a "fiasco" involving the Episode II title. Lucasfilm was using THE SEVENTH TOWER as an internal cover title on the EPISODE II script, obviously an in-house joke. When I ran that little jab, it was exactly that... a little jab at Lucasfilm. It certainly wasn't meant to be an official announcement of the film's final title, and at no point did I refer to it as the absolute set in stone anything. I just tossed it in as an aside, a goof. And it was YOU who blew it out of proportion... not me. So there you go... conspiracy debunked... myth reduced to the mundane... I hope it was worth all the righteous indignation.

  • July 17, 2000, 10:38 a.m. CST

    DVD problems?

    by Chauntecleer

    Anyone else have the sound come out in Mono for the special edition? The features sound good but the movie is in Mono. Anyway, the commentary with John and Arnold revealed quite a bit: John loves this movie, and Arnold can bearly remember it. John loved Sandal, along with everyone else. All the actors and stuntmen got the shit beat out of them with injuries galore. I don't see Arnold risking anymore injuries with this director no matter how good the story may be. John and the Wachoskis' love very physical actors performing most of their stunts. So, if this film is to be made a success: A) The score has to be as great as the first. B) The Screenplay has to be as good as the first. C) The casting has to be as good as the first. D) The actors will have to love PAIN! No one will remember that a movie was made. All that will be remembered is that 2 stood against many. If Arnold will not help, then tell him to stay the Hell out of the way. CROM!

  • July 17, 2000, 12:42 p.m. CST

    King Conan vs T3 & Conan DVD

    by rally

    A few things of to point out: A) Since most of you were in diapers when Conan the Barbarian first came out, it was a successful film. If it had not been, no commando, no predator and all those other really bad films that Arny did before he hitched up to Cameron's wagon. The success of the film Conan was due in large part to Arnolds popularity as a body builder. On opening day, I was one of the few fans there to see Conan, not Arnold. B) The first film most of it's plot elements from Howard's stories, though they were butchered brutally, especially Valeria (aka Belit). The second film and Red Sonja tooking nothing from Howard's works. Especially Red Sonja, they could not even secure the rights to have Arnold play Conan in the film. C) Yes there is no such thing as a Terminator film without Cameron. But remember, at the time, it was Cameron riding Arnold's success, Cameron being uknown. Remember, Arnold was wanted for the part of Reese, and Lance Henrickson was slated to play the Terminator. And all talk of a T2 at that time, was a no no without Arnold. Anyway, just fun reminissing about some old great films. I recently picked up the new Conan DVD as well. It had some really nice extra stuff, but I was disappointed at the missing scenes that were missing from the DVD. King Conan could work, but as someone pointed out earlier, the main focus of Howard's KC works were about Conan's son. One more note about Conan the Destroyer, when I saw that on opening day, my friends and I were the only ones in the audience to applaud Howard's screen credit. The rest of the audience had no clue who he was. Also don't forget to rent the Whole Wide World, if you have never seen it.

  • July 18, 2000, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Re: Episode II title "Fiasco"

    by Superdudebobby

    <sigh> Well, I suppose we should all gratefully get down on our knees and thank the Gods of Geekdom that the esteemed Moriarty was gracious enough to eventually respond and end the confusion he himself created months ago, even if the tone of the response makes Donald Trump look humble and self-critical by comparison (that, and -suprise!- he wasn't ever wrong after all! And to think I got all "righteously indignated" about it! Silly me!). Still one thing nags, oh Evil Genius: how exactly were we supposed to know that this was meant to be an injoke? Did you not expect this throwaway line to cause confusion? Apparently even Big Guy Harry was out-of-the-loop on this one, presenting this 'little jab' of yours as a major scoop in the site's headlines. Surely someone of your quadruple digit IQ could have forseen the confusion that would and did arise? Surely someone with your analytical skills should have realized the need to clear things up at least *after* several sites and newsgroups started reporting it? Ah well. Expecting an even marginally apologetic response would have been naive, I suppose. After all, we don't expect people in wheelchairs to start climbing stairs either, do we? I'm just glad it's all cleared up now. Cheers, M! No hard feelings, really!

  • Aug. 21, 2000, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Grace Jones ROCKS!!!!!

    by Joss is Jesus

    I just had to clear that up. She is a badass (my pick for STORM). No arguments over the total suckiness of Conan the D. "Thanks studios, I appreciate a good adult story stripped of anything that differentiates it from child(read:moron, read:average-dummy)-schlock"

  • Nov. 10, 2000, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Cross Plains Comics

    by Thoth93

    Howard fans would be well advised to check out Cross Plains Comics on the world wide web at the following URL: www.crossplainscomics.com I've interviewed them for the newspaper I work for, located just a hop, skip and jump away from the real Cross Plains, where Howard wrote his famous sagas. They are diehard Conan fans, and they seem to do fairly decent adaptations. They're also branching out of Lovecraft, Bloch and some of Howard's other contemporaries.