Although it’s 30 years after the original, the people behind “The Legend of Conan” couldn’t be more excited to start working on the follow up. Now, the film’s writer, producer and star are opening up about their expectations for Conan 30 years after his first iconic adventure.
Deadline revealed in 2012 that Universal pictures was interested in bringing Arnold Schwarzenegger back for a third installment in the “Conan” franchise, despite the critical failure of the 2011 remake. In an interview with TheArnoldFans.com, producer and screenwriter Chris Morgan talked about what his plans are for writing the character back to life three decades later. One thing the former “Fast and Furious” scribe made clear was that this will not be another reboot, but a direct sequel to the previous films “Conan the Barbarian” (1982) and “Conan the Destroyer” (1984).
“Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film… but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend — and is now an older man,” Morgan said. “Think ‘Unforgiven’… with a sword-wielding barbarian.”
He went on to reveal that three characters from the original movies will return in the new script, but he didn’t elaborate as to which ones, or if that number counted Schwarzenegger. The 67-year-old actor, fresh off his foray into the world of indie films with “Maggie,” says he’s thrilled to get back into Conan’s boots once his obligations are finished with another one of his returning franchise hits, “Terminator Genisys.”
“It is the greatest honor to be 67 years old and to still be asked to come back into all those franchises,” Arnold recently told TheArnoldFans. "Whether it is the 'Terminator' movie or it is now 'Conan,' it is fantastic! As a matter of fact, when I get back to Los Angeles, I'll be getting the final script and then I will see it for the first time.”
As SlashFilm notes, while the writers, producers and talent seem to want to stay true to what worked in 1982, Universal may still kill the project in the event Schwarzenegger’s return to the “Terminator” franchise doesn’t go well. The outlet cites “Mad Max: Fury Road" as an example, a film which despite having critical acclaim at its back, has grossed less than $100 million domestically.