We’ve long been waiting for Hollywood action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger to return to the barbarian character that started it all, and now it looks like things are getting closer to production on the long-gestating Legend of Conan.
In an interview with /Film, screenwriter Will Beall revealed that the new film will pick up where John Milius’ 1982 Conan the Barbarian left off, and talked about the film’s opening scene.
“It opens there. It opens with this [hand on the chin]. It’s where you have to. It’s the sequel that we were promised and never got. I’m 11 when my father took me to see Conan the Barbarian which you should never take an 11-year-old kid to. It was a life changing thing. It’s an unbelievable movie. It comes back to [director John] Milius, right? There’s nobody better and it’s a real movie. It’s a truthful movie. Chris and I from the very beginning said there’s no reason to do it unless it’s a worthy sequel to Milius’s Conan and I think we’ve got that. I really do,” said Beall.
It’s a tantalising prospect to think that we could see Schwarzenegger return to Conan and even more so that the filmmakers want to follow in the steps of John Milius’ original film, which earned a review from Time Magazine as ‘Star Wars directed by a psychopath’. The original film was a completely uncompromising vision of action, and without it we may not have gotten to enjoy shows such as Game of Thrones, which follow in the same tradition.
Legend of Conan remains in active development, and hopefully we’ll see it greenlit sometime next year.