In a recent interview, producers of the forthcoming film “The Legend of Conan” talked about some of the plot elements and characters that fans will get to see in the sequel to the 1982 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former governor of California will reportedly reprise his role as the sword-wielding warrior in the upcoming movie after a gap of more than three decades.
Producer and writer Chris Morgan and producer Fredrik Malmberg spoke about the project to TheArnoldFans. When asked if the movie would be “lighthearted,” the producers said, “CROM! No” and teased that the movie will be a medieval “dance of death.” [Crom is the deity to whom Schwarzenegger’s character prayed in the 1982 movie.]
The producers said that they will be “honoring the locales, the religions and the traditions of the ’82 film” and also revealed that at least three characters from the original movie will be back. They also promised “spectacular” scenes after visiting Spain and Colombia to scout for filming locations.
The title character has apparently been through a lot in the time period between the two movies. He started off as a warrior who later became a thief in the first movie. The character is also said to have become a pirate, a king and later a legend. The character will be seen as an “older man” and the producers compared the movie to the 1992 Clint Eastwood film “Unforgiven.”
Talking about the protagonist, the producers explained that the character was not about “fancy sword movies” but about “disposing” the enemy quickly and in the “most effective way.” The producers felt that the audience loves the character for his “political incorrectness” and for taking action instead of just thinking.
The producers hope to begin production on “The Legend of Conan” this fall after Schwarzenegger completes a worldwide promotional tour. “[The] sooner the better,” the producers said, expressing their excitement for the project. Schwarzenegger is also said to have been keen on the project for the past 20 years, and the movie was apparently approved only after a management change at Universal Pictures.