Details unknown, revolves around Conan as a grizzled old king
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan
Producers: Fredrik Malmberg, Chris Morgan
IGN interview with producer Chris Morgan, January 29, 2014
The Arnold Fans interview with Fredrik Malmberg and Jay Zetterberg of Paradox Entertainment, July 27, 2013
The Arnold Fans interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fredrik Malmberg, Paul Verhoeven, January 24, 2013
MTV interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger, January 7, 2013
Arnold Schwarzenegger HitFix interview:
Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Well, age doesn’t mean anything to me, because I work out every day. I work out twice a day, as a matter of fact. At night I work out with weights, and in the morning I do cardiovascular training. So for me, to get on the set and to swing the sword around again and to ride the horses and all those things doesn’t mean anything [does not scare me], because I feel like I did thirty years ago. So as long as I stay in shape, that’s the key thing, and to keep your body young. Even though you do feel the pain when you wipe out and when you do your fight scenes and you get more sore and the body doesn’t come back as quickly and all this . . . but just grind through it, you know? That’s what it’s all about!”
Fredrik Malmberg: "Oh, It's happening. We have a great story. Everyone loves it. This is a role that's perfect for him (Arnold) and he's very involved with the whole Universal team. It's the best team they have. Arnold has been very instrumental to being this together saying, 'We gotta make a good Conan!' I think if we do this right, we can do two more Conan movies right after. I think Game of Thrones also shows a huge interest in fantasy. I'm psyched about it."
"Fredrik Malmberg: With today's production values, we can probably do a lot more with what they were doing way back then. I mean we have seen what Peter Jackson has done. I think of course this is probably more grounded and less fantastical with less creatures and CG monsters. We want to have some of that fantastical world but we don't want it to become a complete fantasy because what really set Conan the Barbarian apart from all the other fantasy movies is that this feels like our prehistoric earth. Still, we want to make it full of splendor."
"Fredrik Malmberg: The idea is that this takes place AFTER Conan has been king. But this is the legend of Conan where he has been gone and people say, 'do you remember the good ol' days when Conan was around?' And now it's time for him to come back. In the stories and you can also see it when he's sitting on the throne and the narration on that last scene of the movie..."with a troubled brow" ...you can tell he's not really happy being king. So, it's time for him to go out and do battle."
Fredrik Malmberg: "The idea for this particular film is that he will be the lead, a lot of people ask if we're going to introduce a son of Conan and passing the torch? The idea is to not. No, this is Conan's movie. This is Arnold's movie!"
Fredrik Malmberg: “The whole idea that got Arnold so enthusiastic about the new creative take is, CAN HE live up to the legend he is? Conan is 65 now, so he will have to fight through an aging warrior body, having cracking bones, aches and having to get back into the battle.”
Fredrik Malmberg: “I would like to see that Conan has it still [the original sword], but it would be cool to pick up on some new fighting techniques. Wouldn’t it be nice to have Arnold fight with a double-axe? In the comics, he always has that swinging double-axe. I’m all for double-axes. But the sword is so classic, and it has to be in there sometime.”
Fredrik Malmberg: “It’s very Viking actually. We have these super-bad warriors, and they get old. Well, HOW are they going to die? They don’t want to die from old age or gout. That’s kind of what Howard writes about when he becomes king . . . when he’s lazy and when he had all the wine he wants . . . girls he wanted. It’s like all he really wants is to go back into battle. That’s what makes him truly live. That’s the moment we want to come back to in the movie when he has been king and he may have felt he would go off like an old animal and die. Then he realizes . . . I’m not going. I’m too strong to die. I’m going to go out and meet death when I want to meet death. On my terms.”
IGN: Can you talk about how the approach has evolved. When this was announced, the idea was that this would be a Conan that wasn't necessarily fighting any longer, but that he'd get drawn into a battle. Has there been any talk of bringing in an additional character to sort of take on the mantle?
Morgan: I don't want to give away plot, but Conan's Conan to me. Look, for my money, I don't think that the right way. I'm not interested in passing on the torch. It's Conan! It's Arnold Schwarzenegger. We're bringing him back for a reason. When I say Unforgiven, I mean it's a guy who has to come back, and I want him to play his age. I want him to be looking at the later years of his life and have to contemplate this horrific threat. Sitting down and walking through the story with [Schwarzenegger], he's amazing. It's one of the projects that I am incredibly excited about, because I know when you hear Conan and you hear certain things, like the instinct is "There was just a Conan movie and we know those Conan things" -- this is different, I'm telling you. I wouldn't do it if it wasn't perfectly fitting and built off that first movie and if it wasn't awesome, and it's awesome. It's a great character journey. People think it's just going to swords and hacking and effects. It is not. It is a character story. It's awesome.
IGN: Have you been paying attention to the box office on Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent releases? Is that something you need to keep in mind as you move forward on The Legend of Conan?
Morgan: I mean, I'm definitely aware of it. This is going to sound weird, but it doesn't bother me. Good or bad or indifferent, I don't care, because whatever the perception is for Conan -- I love it, because we're going to exceed expectations. This is what I mean by that; if someone looks at that box office and goes, "Okay, so that box office wasn't great," I'm okay with that, because then they'll be like, "Do you think this can perform?" I never try to chase heat, and we're tastemakers. We tell people what's good. If I believe in it, then I'm going to go at it 100 percent. So if someone has a lowered expectation because of that, great! I love it, because I know the work that we're going to do, I know the work that he's going to do, and he's going to kill it. When people see it, if they have a lowered expectation, it's going to make us look so much better. By the way, I think he's going to do a great job with David Ayer's film. I think things are going to do very, very well for him.
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As of January, 2016
Arnold hasn't spoken of Conan in many months, and has several other movies in the works
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