Producer Chris Morgan Discusses ‘Legend of Conan’ Themes & Plot

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The Legend of Conan Arnold Schwarzenegger Producer Chris Morgan Discusses Legend of Conan Themes & Plot

Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his action star roots with the upcoming films The Last Stand, The Tomb, and Ten, but the 65-year-old former Governor hasn’t been shy about accepting his old age. In each of his new roles, Schwarzenegger is playing characters that are bruised and battered and, generally speaking, wiser for it.

Nowhere will this new identity be clearer than in Schwarzenegger’s return to one of his most famous characters, Conan the Barbarian, in the film Legend of Conan. Recently, producer Chris Morgan talked about the movie and how the sequel will depict a Conan that is far removed from his warrior days.

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Morgan explained that in the new film, Conan is deep into his “magisterial rule over his kingdom.” As King, he’s lost some of the warrior instincts of his past, but that changes when he’s “drawn into something” that requires him to “access the barbarian he was in his youth.”

Morgan said that Legend of Conan would show multiple facets of the character:

“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.”

Morgan also explained that when Conan does set out to pick up his sword again, it won’t be without challenges:

“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.”

There are likely a lot of people out there who don’t want to see the words “self-doubt” and “Conan the Barbarian” anywhere near each other, but this sounds like the only reasonable approach for Schwarzenegger to return to the character. Nobody is arguing that a 65-year-old Conan can’t kick butt, but he shouldn’t be able to rumble the same way he did 40 years ago.

Old Conan in Legend of Conan Producer Chris Morgan Discusses Legend of Conan Themes & Plot

It will be interesting to see whether Arnold’s acting chops have fallen off since his time as the Governor of California. It’s been many years since the actor has had a meaty role to sink his teeth into (his minor roles in The Expendables were primarily fan service, so they don’t count). I’m hopeful that all of his upcoming roles, especially Conan, will give him a chance to remind audiences why he was once the undisputed king of the box office.

Legend of Conan is expected to hit theaters in 2014.

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Source: LA Times

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  1. wait another one?

  2. sounds like a good approach, rusty but not feeble…I loved the first one.

  3. Rob, do you mean “…30 years ago.”?

    “The Last Stand”, “The Tomb”, “Ten”, “Unknown Soldier”, “Captive”, “Triplets”, “Legend of Conan”? All possibly within the next two years? Why?

  4. how about this time you make him look like a barbarian, not some pretty boy… have him wear bear skin, have him be dirty and hairy, give him bad teeth, just do something…

  5. Conan and Arnie back together…by Crom,been waiting for this 30 years !!!

  6. Can’t wait for this. Arnie is still a big guy, but I hope…and I trust he will…tone himself up a bit for this, although it is understood that he is playing an older Conan. Seriously looking forward to it!

  7. Epic! The trailer should run along as something like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_jZDm8zWCg

    The opening quote is a poem by Robert E. Howard, “The Road of Kings.” Also, “The Phoenix on the Sword” poem would be fitting as well:

    “When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat,
    The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
    But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
    With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.” -Robert E. Howard

    It would be epic to hear Conan say this in either the trailer or movie. He’s of age now, where it will be fitting.

    • Great idea. I can picture that, and I am sure they will be doing something similar.

  8. Looks like they’re trying to pull off what Stallone did with Rocky Balboa.

    I hope they can make it work since that last Conan (reboot) movie was a disappointment.

  9. This is welcome news.

    Time for him to crush his enemies, see them grovel at his feet, and hear the lamentation of the women.

  10. I wanna see Conan battle a kinda younger version of himself. someone who he see’s as himself when he was younger. the old lion Vs the young lion. and him ultimately win out because he now has the wisdom and savvy of a seasoned battle tested warrior/king/conqueror. gimmie THAT movie and im all in!!!

    • Yeah, and have the young challenger played by Jason Momoa. Kind of going meta there.

  11. like Momoas Conan better. sorry folks but i grew tired of Arnie years ago.

  12. the movies have all been terrible and have barely even scraped the conan character :( they should ust let it go and leave the ‘franchise’, if you’re gonna bastardise something at least put some effort into it >:(

  13. I have been waiting for this since I saw the epilogue from the original movie.

    This is what they should have done instead of the lame reboot that failed miserably.

  14. Crom laughs at your four winds!!!

  15. Acting chops? When did he get those?