Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a pretty weird life. Like, first he was a body-building Austrian. Skip forward a bit, he comes to America, gets cast in some really big time leading action movie roles. Let's fast forward a bit more... he became governor of California? No, that can't be right. Wait yes, yes it is. Then he went through a tumultuous divorce with his wife who has ties to arguably one of the most famous American families in history. Then he was in [The Expendables 3](movie:388705).
OK, I know that was a lot to take in. But yes, Arnold has done it all it seems. So, why not go ahead and reprise his role as Conan in [The Legend of Conan](movie:705084)? "It's the perfect movie for him, because it plays into his own journey," Producer Chris Morgan told Empire.
According to Morgan, this third installment of the Conan series will dig into the legacy of the franchise:
"We look at all the source material and we love things that kind of speak to that tone. We’re incredibly respectful to Howard. I’m a huge fan of the stories and books, but I’m a super-huge fan of the first movie, because that crystallised and distilled it all for me. Milius just killed it. He did such a good job. And Legend Of Conan is really resonant and it really digs into the legacy of that original film. I'm already very proud of it."
And it sounds like it will be worth the wait. Writer Andrea Berloff wrote the first draft and then they brought in Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall to tweak a few things. Morgan explains:
"Andrea Berloff did a draft and then we had Will step on. I approached him early on in the process, but at the time he was unavailable and couldn’t do it. But then a couple of weeks after he passed on the project I got this package from him in the mail, and I opened it and it was a Conan sword, and on the envelope it said, ‘This you can trust!’ So when he called back a while later said he’d had a slot open up, we slammed him in immediately. He’s just perfect for it; he loves it as much as I do and he has a great voice of Conan. It just makes you happy!"
We'll see if Arnold can bring that same level of bad-assery to this one as he did almost 35 years ago... it's crazy to think that's how long ago it was! But if they stay true to the Robert E. Howard stories this could be pretty cool. What do you think?