'The Legend Of Conan' Aims To Carry Forward The Tone Of The 1982 Original

One of the big promises in Arnold Schwarzenegger's revived career as an actor has been the idea that he would reprise the role of Conan the Barbarian. It's one of the gigs that cemented him as an action star, and the 1982 film co-written (with Oliver Stone) and directed by John Milius is hailed as among the best adaptations of pulp novels ever committed to film.

The new film, which is being dubbed The Legend of Conan, has Fast and Furious scribe Chris Morgan as a writer and producer, and Morgan now proclaims that the new film is intended to be an intense adventure film that carries forward the tone and even some of the other characters from the 1982 movie.

The Arnold Fans talked to Morgan, who promised that "at least three" characters are returning from John Milius' 1982 film Conan The Barbarian. He won't say which, but he does say that this film is meant to be a direct extension, and that this is not being conceived as a light, fun blockbuster:

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.

Morgan went on to praise the work of Milius, and declare his hopes for the new film as a continuation of the work of Milius, Conan creator Robert E. Howard, and artist Frank Frazetta.

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're very lucky that the architects of this new film — the writer, the producers, the studio and most of all, Arnold — who is Conan — are all first-generation fans who either worked on the film or who came along for the ride, cheering from their theater seats opening night. 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.

When pressed for a possible shoot date, The Legend of Conan producer Fredrik Malmberg says "I think this fall would be perfect. The sooner the better!"

The script is in at Universal, but at this point the studio may wait to see how Terminator: Genisys does at the box office. And if the intent here is to create an intense, possibly R-rated continuation of the John Milius film, the studio may also consider the lukewarm reception for Mad Max: Fury Road, which despite great reviews and audience reactions has pulled in less than $100m domestic over two weekends.

No release date is yet set for The Legend of Conan.