Writer Chris Morgan - famed for penning the ludicrously bombastic Fast & Furious franchise - has been hard at work on his next high-octane project, swapping Diesel for Schwarzenegger and steering wheels for swords.
The Legend of Conan - the successor to 1982's beloved and bloody Conan the Barbarian - picks up 30 years after the original, with the titular warrior (much like Arnie) having now grown old. But, why should you care?
Well, because the original movie is beloved for a reason. It was a visceral, violent classic, featuring Arnold at the top of his game - and now, it seems, we're in for more of the same!
Morgan recently had a chance to speak to The Arnold Fans and eased all my concerns regarding the reboot's reverence for the original source material:
A light-hearted Conan?! CROM! No. 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. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian.
Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear — incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world. To make it worthy. And to expand on it in a truthful way that audiences will embrace.
We plan nothing more than to immerse ourselves in the world Milius envisioned from Robert E. Howard’s unforgettable stories and Frank Frazetta’s stunning artwork. I can’t give specifics (nobody likes a spoiler!), but know we are honoring the locales, the religions and the traditions of the ’82 film
Awesome stuff! It's great to hear from a writer dedicated to honoring the franchise's history. Can it replicate the original's magic? Still lacking a director, the project has a long road ahead, but Chris Morgan certainly sounds like he knows what he's doing...