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The 1982 Conan the Barbarian film is famous for a lot of things, including scenes where Arnie punches ungulates in the face, and quite possibly the best/worst director's commentary of all time.

Now, what it was not famous for was its quality of writing. That's not to mean it's not a great classic action romp, but let's be honest, it wasn't exactly a Charlie Kaufman movie. However, things could be different in the upcoming long-awaited sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger's fantasy-fight-fest. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Arnie waxes lyrical about the quality of the new film, The Legend of Conan, as well as its scale and tone. He stated:

"I can tell you is that it’s unbelievably well written. They’re still tweaking the end but it’s going to be very very powerful. What’s important on this project is they don’t look at it like, ‘Oh this is kind of a sword movie, where they just kill each other, and let’s write it off as a b-action movie.’ They treat it as like, ‘This is a very important movie for us, and we want to make a lot of money with this, it has to be the best quality.’ So the way they treat it is different than in the old days. Now, they see that it is one of those event movies that can come out in the summer and they treat it totally differently."

He also answered questions about whether or not The Legend of Conan would kick off a new trilogy of films for the character - as seems to be in vogue these days. He answered:

"I never heard that, no. Even though that is a popular thing to do: ‘Why don’t we just shoot all 12 movies together! Let’s just go on the set now and stay there for the next 18 years!"

The Legend of Conan is expected to start filming in the fall of this year, depending on Arnie's schedule. Currently there is no release date.

Source: EntertainmentWeekly


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