Way back in October 2012, it was confirmed that Arnold Schwarzenegger will return for The Legend of Conan. At that time, it was just after the iconic actor left office as California’s governor, as he prepared to return to the big screen. Over the last four years, there has certainly been some progress, with a report from last spring claiming that production would start in the fall of 2015. While that hasn’t happened yet, there is still a script in play, and one of the writers just revealed the opening scene.
Will Beall (Gangster Squad) co-wrote the script with Chris Morgan, who wrote the last five Fast & Furious movies and is also shepherding the Universal Monsters franchise as well. /Film caught up with Will Beall at the TCA summer tour, where he confirmed that this new movie will begin where the original Conan the Barbarian left off with King Conan sitting on his throne, with his hand on his chin.
“It opens there. It opens with this [hand on the chin]. It’s where you have to. It’s the sequel that we were promised and never got. I’m 11 when my father took me to see Conan the Barbarian which you should never take an 11-year-old kid to. It was a life changing thing. It’s an unbelievable movie. It comes back to [director John] Milius, right? There’s nobody better and it’s a real movie. It’s a truthful movie. Chris and I from the very beginning said there’s no reason to do it unless it’s a worthy sequel to Milius’s Conan and I think we’ve got that. I really do.”
Last year producer Frederik Malmberg teased that he has bought the rights to all of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories, with this movie possibly even starting a new cinematic universe. While that hasn’t been confirmed yet, Will Beall teased that this first story is still in development. Here’s what he had to say below.
“Chris and I are continuing to hone. I think that’s going to be a great movie actually.”
Chris Morgan and Fredrik Malmberg also revealed in an interview last year that they plan to stick closely to the original film’s roots, by keeping it R-rated, while teasing that at least three other characters from the original movie will be back. Aside from Arnold Schwarzenegger, no other cast members have been confirmed. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on Legend of Conan.