The Legend Of Conan Might Start Filming In Spring 2015


OK, fans of Conan the Barbarian, producers have heard your lamentations and have taken steps to bring everyone’s favorite barbarian back to the big screen. That’s right: there are movements being made as we speak to put Arnold Schwarzenegger back in one of his foundational roles as Conan the Barbarian, in the upcoming The Legend of Conan.

According to producer Fredrik Malmberg (via /Film), the script for The Legend of Conan is in the process of being polished and the producers are now aiming for a Spring 2015 start date on production. This means that Arnold would would make this movie following his return to the Terminator franchise.

Here’s what else Malmberg had to say about what needs to happen before the film is produced:

We need to get the script where it’s right and ready to go. In the movie world, nowadays, when a movie is a go movie, it happen very quickly. It’s up to Universal to set the date for it to be released but personally, I don’t think it has to be a summer movie. I think there’s plenty of examples of big event movies being released in the winter like the Matrix movies and The Lord of the Rings. I can see this being a winter movie as well as a summer movie. This iconic role of Arnold as Conan is so big that it can be year round.

There are no directors in the offing as yet, but that will soon change if this film actually gets off the ground. The plan appears to be to bring Arnold back to his original role as Conan, though what form that will take has yet to be revealed. Perhaps he’ll be educating some young barbarians in the ways of romancing large-breasted princesses, fighting mystical beasties, and grappling with bad special effects? We can only hope.

Hopefully the producers will also take into account the fact that the original Conan films that gave Arnie his start are really not very good movies. They are camp classics, full of ridiculous dialogue and faux-mystical situations that belong in a 1980s comic book. Continuing to keep tongue firmly in cheek would be the best way to go about this one, methinks.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens next with The Legend of Conan, but as always we’ll keep an eye out for news. For now, let’s assume that the film will meet its Spring 2015 start date, and that we can expect it sometime in 2016. I guess that’s something to look forward to.

Source: /Film

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  1. Conan the Serbiansays:

    I know that nowadays (sadly) is popular to trash Arnold, Sly and all so-called living relics from the eighties and nineties, but sometimes there are things that simply aren’t true. I think that you’ll clearly missed the point with original Conan The Barbarian, which is everything, but camp classic!
    It’s sword and sorcery masterpiece, if there ever was one, deeply rooted in Sergio Leone-sque style, with larger than life and very poetic screenplay by one Oliver Stone and almost operatic direction by John Milius, not to mention perhaps the best soundtrack in movie history, by great late Basil Poledouris.
    It’s defining work in the genre, even more so than later great successes as Gladiator, for example, which is definitely more polished, but on some raw, visceral level – not exactly a better movie.
    Second movie, Conan The Destroyer is exactly what you said – not very good, campy fun, aimed for the kids, but first one is artistically relevant movie, not even commercial enough for today’s standards, with minimalistic dialogue and spectacular bloody battles, and with very good storyline, although it doesn’t have much to do with Robert E. Howard’s prose.
    And this new one…well, it’s gonna be direct sequel to the first one (they announced that they’ll completely ignore second movie) , and it will be placed some 30 years after it, when Conan is already king of Aquilonia.
    There are many stories about King Conan, and in these great epics Conan is almost as old as Arnold is now. There were rumors that Paul Verhoeven will be approached to direct, which would be great solution, but for now – we can only hope…

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