THE LEGEND OF CONAN is moving full steam ahead. The film is set to be a direct sequel to the original CONAN THE BARBARIAN, and will ignore the sequel and the recent reboot with Jason Mamoa. Probably smart.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is on board and believes he’s in good enough shape to pull it off, while producer Frederik Malmberg gushes about WETA Workshop and hopes that they could do the effects for the movie. Here’s what Malmberg had to say:
“As you know right now, we’re concentrating on the story and the script, and then we’ll go out and find the right director who has the same passion as the rest of us in the group. And you always have to let the creative side and let the director put his stamp and mark on it so you never know what’s going to happen with the production design. 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 Lord of the Rings and Hobbit guys. They are huge Conan fans and they would be great to be involved on the creative side.”
Here’s Arnold being Arnold:
“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!”
He’s 65 years old. I think what we’re all wondering is when will he jump on JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2?! …Okay, maybe that’s just me.