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Chris Morgan talks tone and why Arnold hesitated doing The Legend of Conan

Dec. 3, 2012by: Niki Stephens

I know many of you are excited about the upcoming Conan installment, THE LEGEND OF CONAN. In an interview with the LA Times, Screenwriter-producer Chris Morgan talks about getting Arnold Schwarzenegger back, the tone of the film, and his own personal dedication to the project.

Morgan started by speaking on Arnold's uncertainty to get involved with the film, “To put yourself out there in your 60s? As Conan the Barbarian? I could see why he’d hesitate. You’re really putting yourself out there.”

To begin, the film is not a retread, “Not a reboot, not a remake. Just an update. Where has the character been all this time? A catch-up with Conan.”

When we do catch-up with Conan, he's still a man of many trades as the character was intended to be in Robert E. Howard’s Weird Tales beginning in the 1930s. But he's also the warrior who has aged, and will have to deal with that aspect, “He’s not going out and fighting battles, but he ends up getting drawn into something. And he has to access the barbarian he was in his youth. I love that Conan has been many things in his life, notably a pirate, a major tactician and a commander of men. In this movie, we’re going to tap into some of those things – things you haven’t seen on screen yet. I want the warrior whose joints have started to fuse together, who has to crack the cartilage so he can pick up a sword again. I want the guy who’s not necessarily lost a step, but there’s some rust he has to shake off. I want to embrace that. It makes it a greater hero story."

“Conan needs to be faced with challenges. The greatest challenge to him isn’t the armies that are set before him. It’s, on some level, self-doubt, a little bit of slowing down and forcing yourself to be heroic beyond what people expect of you. What I don’t want is for him to step back in and look the same. That would defeat the purpose of our story.”

When all is said and done, and after he completes the script for FAST AND FURIOUS 7, Morgan is dedicated to Conan's legacy, "No matter what, I’ll be there every step of the way. Whether it’s penning this quickly or selecting the writer, it’s me guiding the process or being a real honest-to-god producer. I’m excited either way. I’m really, really stoked.”

Source: LA Times

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12:09PM on 12/04/2012

Hate to be the only dissenter here but

I guess I'm the only one that thinks this sounds awful? An old Conan, doubting himself, struggling in the face of his former glory and lost youth? Yeah - that's not the Conan I want to see on screen. I'll watch it and judge it after I see it, but that's right up there with an overweight Batman, a geriatric Superman, a Wonder Woman with rolls and cellulite and a Bond wearing trifocals while he attends his AA meetings. Old Conan doesn't sound like fun, it sounds depressing. And Arnold,
I guess I'm the only one that thinks this sounds awful? An old Conan, doubting himself, struggling in the face of his former glory and lost youth? Yeah - that's not the Conan I want to see on screen. I'll watch it and judge it after I see it, but that's right up there with an overweight Batman, a geriatric Superman, a Wonder Woman with rolls and cellulite and a Bond wearing trifocals while he attends his AA meetings. Old Conan doesn't sound like fun, it sounds depressing. And Arnold, though I love him, I'm not convinced he has the chops to pull off the nuance that such a role would require. Too introspective for his abilities I'm afraid.
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1:44AM on 12/04/2012
sounds sweet! I'd rather have a new Terminator first, but to see Arnold reprise Conan, that will be great!!
sounds sweet! I'd rather have a new Terminator first, but to see Arnold reprise Conan, that will be great!!
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11:17PM on 12/03/2012

"Im really, really stoked."

My thoughts exactly.
My thoughts exactly.
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9:56PM on 12/03/2012
He sounds knowledgable enough and seems legitimately passionate about the character as Howard wrote him. I hope he doesn't let us (or Arnie) down.
He sounds knowledgable enough and seems legitimately passionate about the character as Howard wrote him. I hope he doesn't let us (or Arnie) down.
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7:50PM on 12/03/2012
Seriously? Morgan is going to be involved with the writing? There goes my hopes for this film.
Seriously? Morgan is going to be involved with the writing? There goes my hopes for this film.
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7:26PM on 12/03/2012
I don't know what it is but just reading what Chris Morgan had to say about where Conan is heading in this follow-up just gave me goosebumps. I hope this rings true on-screen.
I don't know what it is but just reading what Chris Morgan had to say about where Conan is heading in this follow-up just gave me goosebumps. I hope this rings true on-screen.
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