Conan’s Father Is Ron Perlman, Not Mickey Rourke

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 12:07 am,

The upcoming reboot of Conan The Barbarian continues to gain momentum with impressive casting decisions. Days after announcing Stephen Lang as the villain Khalar Singh, Vulture reports that Conan’s father, Corin, will be played by Ron Perlman.

The original buzz had Mickey Rourke fathering the Conan, getting fans of the franchise in a frenzy of anticipation. Instead, Rourke has apparently signed on to star in another epic, War of the Gods.

Either way, this seems like good news. The producers of Conan are clearly keeping the cast on a smaller scale, and while anything Mickey Rourke does is gold these days, Perlman brings a different but equally compelling level of grit to his performances. As is the custom with reboots and iconic characters of late, the lead roles are being donated to unknown actors, with Stargate star Jason Momoa portraying Conan. It will be interesting to see the both Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman simultaneously channeling and shaking off their memorable turns as Colonel Quaritch and Hellboy, respectively.

If you need a reason to fear the 2011 adaptation, director Marcus Nispel is your source of worry. In a career defined by work in the music video industry, he has directed three features: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pathfinder, and Friday the 13th. On second thought, he seems to be an expert in remaking films that have already been pushed to their limits. Oh, and did I mention MMA fighter Bob Sapp is still on board as a villain? I wonder when this trend of fighters-turned-actors will end, because it’s already wearing thin.

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The new version of Conan hopes to stay true to the original creation by Robert E. Howard, but the task of erasing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s depiction is a daunting one.  It’s hard to imagine anything topping the hilariously horrendous and legendary audio commentary on the original Conan The Barbarian DVD.

The hope for fans of this genre lies in a film that stands alone as an original epic, rather than a basic rehash of old tricks. At least Nispel has proven himself to be familiar with hacking and gore in two of his previous films…

Conan is slated for release sometime in 2011.

Source: Vulture

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  1. Nispel isn't the only reason to worry, or the biggest: the script is.

    Apart from having a dude named Conan (who bears no resemblance to REH's character) and setting it in the distant past, this has no relation to REH's stories. Contrary to assertions of being “true to Robert E. Howard,” the film's story is a mishmash of cliches and plot points taken from bad fantasy films. At least Conan the Barbarian had a story to tell and ripped off from good films.

  2. I completely agree with what taranaich said, and this film has been doomed to fail since the director was announced. It's clear that the franchise owners aren't taking this seriously at all. Exactly how, given the bits of story we've seen from casting calls that have been released, is this movie going to be more true to the source material? All that they are doing here is making another Scorpion King-style film and putting a recognizable name on it in the hopes that it will help sell more tickets. This film has no more relation to Conan than the awful Conan the Destroyer (at least it had a good name). Conan the Barbarian, while not very faithful to Howard's material, would still be a well made, compelling film if they hadn't used the name Conan.

    I'm afraid to say that Nispel doesn't have a fraction of the talent or vision as John Milius.

  3. Nispel isn’t the only reason to worry, or the biggest: the script is.

    Apart from having a dude named Conan (who bears no resemblance to REH’s character) and setting it in the distant past, this has no relation to REH’s stories. Contrary to assertions of being “true to Robert E. Howard,” the film’s story is a mishmash of cliches and plot points taken from bad fantasy films. At least Conan the Barbarian had a story to tell and ripped off from good films.

  4. As awful and good as the original was, I can only hope that this version will be just as good or not better.

  5. I think everyone involved in this production is counting on the apparent fact that Conan fans aren't legion. If that's the given they figure all that is necessary is to make a good movie. The problem is what will make this new Conan movie stand out from all the rest of the pack? Momoa needs to make a very strong impression and while he presented well in the “Stargate” TV franchise an aced performance will need a very good script that will put Schwarzenegger’s performance in the history books to stay, rather than some gold standard to measure any other effort by. It would seem logical to make the extra effort then to incorporate what made Howard's stories worth reading. Unfortunately those in the know contend that it will take more than story to make up for the other faux pas committed thus far. The other side of this coin is in the relative success of recent adaptations of popular stories like Alice and Sherlock Homes…

  6. I think everyone involved in this production is counting on the apparent fact that Conan fans aren't legion. If that's the given they figure all that is necessary is to make a good movie. The problem is what will make this new Conan movie stand out from all the rest of the pack? Momoa needs to make a very strong impression and while he presented well in the “Stargate” TV franchise an aced performance will need a very good script that will put Schwarzenegger’s performance in the history books to stay, rather than some gold standard to measure any other effort by. It would seem logical to make the extra effort then to incorporate what made Howard's stories worth reading. Unfortunately those in the know contend that it will take more than story to make up for the other faux pas committed thus far. The other side of this coin is in the relative success of recent adaptations of popular stories like Alice and Sherlock Homes…

  7. NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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