If a reboot is rebooted with the original star, is it a reboot? My brain kinda hurts… Deadline reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be reprising his role as Robert E. Howard’s mythic barbarian in Universal’s The Legend of Conan. The film will be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan.
The Legend of Conan looks to skip over the 1984 sequel that Schwarzenegger starred in, as well as the 2011 reboot that starred Jason Momoa. Instead, it will be directly linked to the original 1982 film which launched Schwarzenegger’s movie career.
Morgan, who’s writing credits include the last four Fast and the Furious films, Wanted and 47 Ronin, hatched the story for Legend and may write the script. He explained the direction they want to take with the new film, saying:
The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.
This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.
The original film was directed by John Milius from a script that he penned with Oliver Stone. It was an R-rated action film that explored Howard’s mythology of a child sold into slavery who grows into manhood seeking vengeance against the warlord who slaughtered his family and his village.
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