Latest Movie News Headlines

More details on Schwarzenegger's The Legend of Conan; Could Paul Verhoeven direct?

Jan. 25, 2013by: Paul Shirey

The fine gents over at TheArnoldFans recently met with Schwarzenegger, producers, and even a certain Dutch filmmaker to glean some details about the upcoming sequel to the Conan franchise, THE LEGEND OF CONAN. Much has been discussed already for the long-desired sequel, but there's a host of exquisite (oh yeah, I went there) details from Arnold, producer/CEO of Paradox Entertainment, Fredrik Malmberg, and director Paul Verhoeven that will certainly perk you up a bit, ranging in topic from Arnold's physical role, story details, the use of the classic sword, potential creative teams, and just where Verhoeven stands on the film.  Check out the excerpts below:

Arnold on his physical preparations for the role:

“...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, president and CEO of Paradox Entertainment, talks about what drew Arnold back to Conan:

“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.” Malmberg’s company not only owns the rights to the Conan character, but this man also has a lot to say regarding the script in development. Conan is his baby and he’s working with the writers to suggest fantastic ideas, the look of Arnold as Conan and suggest his weaponry to be used in the movie.

Malmberg on their dream production effects team:

I mean, we’re trying to get the TOP production people involved. We’re talking all the time about who we’d see doing the production, and our dream would be to have the WETA Workshop guys, the LOTR and Hobbit guys. They are huge Conan fans and they would be great to be involved on the creative side. But if they wanted to pay homage to the old swords, we could do it. But will the director and the whole team think that’s a copout or is that an homage? So you never know.”

Malmberg on whether we'll see Conan's classic Atlantean sword in the sequel:

“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.”

Malmberg on whether or not he's considered Peter Jackson to direct:

“I’m a huge fan of Peter Jackson, but he must have spent over ten years in fantasyland, and maybe his storytelling is slightly different from Conan’s. I’m not so sure Jackson would be attracted to Conan. It’s more fast-paced. LOTR and The Hobbit are great films of course, but his are maybe more high fantasy and Conan more down and dirty.”

Director Paul Vehoeven on the prospects of directing the sequel:

“If they asked me, I’d certainly love to – let’s put it that way. But I don’t know what the script is. I don’t know what Arnold wants. I’m a big fan in fact of Conan. That’s a great movie and I found that the composer, Basil Poledouris, basically inspired many of my movies [the soundtracks] like Flesh and Blood, RoboCop, Starship Troopers and Total Recall. The score of Conan is great. The style of editing that Milius used was very beautiful, and Arnold does a great job. He was really the perfect choice.”

Malmberg on The Viking element of THE LEGEND OF CONAN:

“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.”

Malmberg on just where the sequel sits in the queue for Arnold:

“He wants to do Conan next, and his people want to do Conan next. It’s all a question of, can we get a great script done in time? After we get a go on the script, we can go into production within six months. As soon as the script is there, BOOM, we’ve got the green.”

That's a bevy of awesome info if you ask me and it gets me even more excited at the prospect of this finally coming together.  More exciting still is the prospect of Verhoeven directing the film, which would be culmination of not only seeing Arnold as Conan once more, but reteaming the TOTAL RECALL duo for another outing and making up for the loss of their failed-to-launch sword epic THE CRUSADES in the late '90's.  Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

THE LEGEND OF CONAN is prepared to launch into bloody battle sometime in 2014.

Extra Tidbit: I am going to pray to Crom for Verhoeven to take on this project. Also, maybe some bribery.
Source: The Arnold Fans

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

7:22PM on 01/25/2013
For the love of everything that is holy, give it to Paul!!!
For the love of everything that is holy, give it to Paul!!!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+12
7:31PM on 01/25/2013
I support all the prospects mentioned in this article. However, there is one important thing that wasn't even mentioned. The romantic, golden Vallejo look of the first movies. It is just as important as all the other aspects.
I support all the prospects mentioned in this article. However, there is one important thing that wasn't even mentioned. The romantic, golden Vallejo look of the first movies. It is just as important as all the other aspects.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:15PM on 01/25/2013
It would be a CRIME to not give the job to the dude who directed ROBOCOP.
It would be a CRIME to not give the job to the dude who directed ROBOCOP.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:14AM on 01/26/2013
I love all the ideas being thrown around here. It would be awesome if they happen! I love how Arnold says he's not afraid to get back in the saddle (pun intended) again, and fight and all that goes into making a film like this! Can't wait!!
I love all the ideas being thrown around here. It would be awesome if they happen! I love how Arnold says he's not afraid to get back in the saddle (pun intended) again, and fight and all that goes into making a film like this! Can't wait!!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:58AM on 01/26/2013

You want to give The Legend of Conan to the guy who directed

Hollow Man, Starship Troopers and Showgirls. Yeah, he did some great films back in the day but those are some of his most recent titles. Just sayin'.
Hollow Man, Starship Troopers and Showgirls. Yeah, he did some great films back in the day but those are some of his most recent titles. Just sayin'.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:46PM on 01/27/2013
Yeah, I've been meaning to check out BLACK BOOK but there's no way I can respect STARSHIP TROOPERS. Too many serious sci-fi writers like S.M. Stirling ripped the film a new one when it came out for its lack of research ("Verhoeven knows about as much about sci-fi as he does about sex."). I think the best comment I heard was from a National Guardsman who essentially said his platoon could have wiped out those bugs with little or no problem.
Yeah, I've been meaning to check out BLACK BOOK but there's no way I can respect STARSHIP TROOPERS. Too many serious sci-fi writers like S.M. Stirling ripped the film a new one when it came out for its lack of research ("Verhoeven knows about as much about sci-fi as he does about sex."). I think the best comment I heard was from a National Guardsman who essentially said his platoon could have wiped out those bugs with little or no problem.
6:15AM on 01/26/2013
Black Book is Verhoeven at his best - check it out.
Black Book is Verhoeven at his best - check it out.
5:38AM on 01/26/2013
Actually his most recent title was "Blackbook' a fantastic WW2 thriller set in his native country the Netherlands that was equal to his best work, do your research. Plus if you didnt dig Starship Troopers then its obvious he's not your cup of tea in the first place.
Actually his most recent title was "Blackbook' a fantastic WW2 thriller set in his native country the Netherlands that was equal to his best work, do your research. Plus if you didnt dig Starship Troopers then its obvious he's not your cup of tea in the first place.
5:18AM on 01/26/2013
Starship Troopers is awesome.
Starship Troopers is awesome.
3:45AM on 01/26/2013

Verhoeven!

Why bring Paul into the conversation if you aren't gonna use him? I'd love to see this happen since we never got Crusades. Not hiring Verhoeven now would be like taking a hooker to prom and only getting to first base.
Why bring Paul into the conversation if you aren't gonna use him? I'd love to see this happen since we never got Crusades. Not hiring Verhoeven now would be like taking a hooker to prom and only getting to first base.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:05AM on 01/26/2013
I cannot imagine better new than Verhoeven as a director. Please let it be true.
I cannot imagine better new than Verhoeven as a director. Please let it be true.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:07AM on 01/26/2013
After reading this, the announcement of any talent lesser than Verhoeven to direct would be a huge disappointment!
After reading this, the announcement of any talent lesser than Verhoeven to direct would be a huge disappointment!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:23PM on 01/26/2013
It'd be cool to see Paul V direct & knock it outta the park but color me sceptical. Ill admit I never saw Black Book though. Still, there're others to consider. What about Neil Marshall? Sam Raimi? That Travis guy who did the new Dredd? Hell, now I'm thinking Peter Jackson's version would kick ass. Imagine a Mel Gibson Conan flick!
It'd be cool to see Paul V direct & knock it outta the park but color me sceptical. Ill admit I never saw Black Book though. Still, there're others to consider. What about Neil Marshall? Sam Raimi? That Travis guy who did the new Dredd? Hell, now I'm thinking Peter Jackson's version would kick ass. Imagine a Mel Gibson Conan flick!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:34PM on 01/26/2013
Damn. Thought Mel's viking flick was still happening.
Damn. Thought Mel's viking flick was still happening.
12:47PM on 01/26/2013
Mel Gibson would be an awesome choice. Not a big stretch from the Viking film he wanted to do, sadly the chances of him directing a studio flick look dead and buried.
Mel Gibson would be an awesome choice. Not a big stretch from the Viking film he wanted to do, sadly the chances of him directing a studio flick look dead and buried.
3:26PM on 01/27/2013

Does anybody else think it's weird...

...that nobody is talking to John Milius about this?? He was always the number one person talking about a King Conan movie and he's never really mentioned with this new project. I'm super pumped for Arnold coming back as Conan and Paul Verhoeven directing would be awesome but they should have a little respect for Milius.
...that nobody is talking to John Milius about this?? He was always the number one person talking about a King Conan movie and he's never really mentioned with this new project. I'm super pumped for Arnold coming back as Conan and Paul Verhoeven directing would be awesome but they should have a little respect for Milius.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:32AM on 01/28/2013

Why Guilermo del Toro should direct

Robert Howard and HP Lovecraft were friends during Howard's short career, prior to his suicide. Howard's Conan stories draw a huge inspiration from Lovecraft's stories. Considering this overlap in "feel" of the two, and GDT's love of Lovecraft (he was gonna take on At the mountains of madness!), I think he is the best choice to set Conan up properly.
Robert Howard and HP Lovecraft were friends during Howard's short career, prior to his suicide. Howard's Conan stories draw a huge inspiration from Lovecraft's stories. Considering this overlap in "feel" of the two, and GDT's love of Lovecraft (he was gonna take on At the mountains of madness!), I think he is the best choice to set Conan up properly.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:18AM on 01/28/2013
Some people says... its unbelievable , some who earned says its a wonderful opportunity to earn about $5500 in 1 month on website/internet, did you read the page http://2.gp/qmHB
Some people says... its unbelievable , some who earned says its a wonderful opportunity to earn about $5500 in 1 month on website/internet, did you read the page http://2.gp/qmHB
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Movie News Headlines


Top
Loading...
JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!