Will this film ever happen?
It was not until recently that I sat down and watched 'Conan the Barbarian,' for the first time, one of Arnold Schwazenegger's first film roles. For it's time, ' Conan' was innovative, interesting. You can even go so far as to say that it was (stylistically) epic, similar (in a way) to 'Lawrence of Arabia;' just not nearly as good, and not nearly as much dialogue. In fact, thinking back, I think 'Conan' probably has a total of 20 lines, 19 of which involve him screaming 'CROM!' Alright, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but I don't think that they picked "The Arnold" to play ' Conan' back in 1982 because of his stellar acting capabilities. Still, the film is a classic in it's own right, and like so many classic movies that should be left alone, this one (unfortunately) is soon to get a reboot, which we told you about back in August when we also reported that director Brett Ratner ( X-Men) had left the film, and Marcus Nispel had taken over as director.
Conan, which was supposed to have begun filming back in August of '09, has been pushed back twice from February of this year, to March. It seems Lionsgate is holding out for their perfect 'Conan,' since I think it would be relatively difficult to film a movie without having a lead. With only two months left to find themselves a star for the upcoming film and begin shooting, Nu Image/Millenium seemed to have narrowed it down to Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis). According to rumors, however, Jason Momoa was director Marcus Nispel's top choice, but both options were hacked by Lionsgate according to LatinoReview, and it seems that Nispel is back where he was in August, with no star for his film. They very well cannot shoot a 'Conan' movie without 'Conan!'
I am having my doubts about this film, considering it is only two months away from shooting, filming has been pushed back twice, and we have not really heard much about it's progress except that it lost Ratner as director last summer. I do, however, think this film could be better than the first 'Conan,' which I personally find good for comic relief, but one I do not consider as a contender for my personal list of greatest films of all time. Hopefully, this 'Conan' reboot will take from history (like the first one did with Genghis Khan) and develop 'Conan's' character. Afterall, if you want to remake the first film, you had better have new cards up your sleeve! Yes, I am talking to you, Liongate.
One great version of 'Conan,' was released this week by ' The Boys' artist Darick Robertson who wrote and penciled the ' Conan' one shot which was pretty awesome and one which you should consider picking up if you have not already. On that note, I leave you with one of the most thought provoking and moving moments in 'Conan,' period.