"John Milius is doing really well, Coppola assures TheArnoldFans. "Of course he had a stroke but he's regained some of his speech. But what's wonderful about him now is a real goodness exudes. He used to play games talking about his convictions and talk about his love of guns but that was all in his way of entertaining. He's a very, very sweet person and that comes out now. He's getting better. He's young so he's going to get better." As many of you know, Milius wrote Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Coppola also tells TheArnoldFans that he helped Milius on Conan. I then told Coppola that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be filing The Legend of Conan next year and asked the Godfather director if he felt Milius has recovered enough to step back into the Conan directing chair.
"Sure. Oh yeah, without a doubt," confirms Coppola.
If you watch the documentary MILIUS (Now streaming on Netflix), you can hear Milius speak rather clearly at the end scene. Some people close to Milius have told me his speech is improving but he'll additionally write on a tablet to get his points across. This is leaps and bounds better than Schwarzenegger having to work with the Last Stand's Kim Jee-woon (who doesn't speak any English at all and needed a translator to direct). While no director may have the vision and passion to tell a Conan story like Milius, it's really up to the producers and film studio whom they feel is the best fit for the Legend of Conan. The director will be chosen in time...but that is another story. "
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