The Legend of Conan Promises Franchise Revival
For most of its history, the Conan movie franchise has been a disappointment. In spite of a strong first effort (1982’s Conan the Barbarian) that continues to attract new fans, the potential it promised has never been realized.
After 1984’s competent (if undistinguished) Conan the Destroyer, the franchise was shelved for decades. During that time, some extremely promising plans for a revival were hatched, including King Conan, a sequel produced by the Wachowskis—who cite Conan the Barbarian as their favourite film of all time—that would reunite Arnold Schwarzenegger with original director John Milius. Sadly, Arnold went into politics, Milius had a stroke, and this project never made it into production.
Instead, we got an underperforming remake that seemed to put the final nail in Conan’s coffin. However, it now seems that Arnold’s ready to take another punch at the camel (the real fans know what I’m talking about, as does YouTube)—and director Chris Morgan is determined to pick up where Milius left off.
While Morgan has never directed before—he is best known for writing a bunch of Fast and the Furious movies—he has lofty ambitions for The Legend of Conan. “Think Unforgiven… with a sword-wielding barbarian,” he told Schwarzenegger fan site, The Arnold Fans. “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.”
The Legend of Conan has yet to go into production, so you have plenty of time to catch up on the books and movies. To get the ball rolling, watch trailers for the previous three movies below.