It looks like the long-awaited (by me, anyway) sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger films of the 1980’s is actually getting made. The Legend of Conan has a writer now – Andrea Berloff. Schwarzenegger himself will reprise his role as Conan, this time focused on his time as king of Aquilonia. What really makes me hopeful is the attitude they have towards the character:
He [Producer Chris Morgan of “Fast and Furious” fame] was the one who decided to draw a parallel right back to the original raw, violent Conan films, which ended with the image of the barbarian king sitting atop his throne. The new film is about his efforts to stay there and the final cycle of a life spent obliterating anyone who got in his way. …
Morgan called Berloff “an amazing writer who can juggle masculine grittiness with extreme emotional depth. Her take on Conan is powerful and genuine and would make Robert E. Howard proud.”
Emotional depth from Arnold Schwarzenegger? We’ll see about that, but for some reason this sounds like it might be worthy of the original 1982 film.