Three decades after he first played the mythical character, the 65-year-old former California Governor is set to don the loincloth again for The Legend of Conan, according to Deadline.com.
Schwarzenegger says, "I always loved the Conan character and I’m honoured to be asked to step into the role once again.
"I can't wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story."
Malmberg adds, "The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It's that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle."
Arnold Schwarzenegger is bahhhhk...but for a different 80s movie franchise entirely. According to Deadline, the 65-year-old will oil up for another Conan the Barbarian film with Universal Pictures. The Legend of Conan will feature Schwarzenegger "in one of his signature roles as Robert E. Howard’s mythic barbarian." (Anyone else sort hoping The Legend of Conan would have been about this one?)
As Fredrik Malmberg, one of the producers on the project, relayed to Deadline, "The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”
Malmberg, who revealed that The Legend of Conan will pick up where the 1984 original left off, added, "We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.” (Now there is a visual for you, Clint Eastwood.)
The project — which Malmberg and co-producer Chris Morgan said likely won't involve the star of 2011's reboot flop Conan, Jason Momoa — is expected to have a summer of 2014 release. Schwarzenegger said of his return to the series that made him a mega-star, "I always loved the Conan character and I’m honored to be asked to step into the role once again. I can’t wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story.”
No matter how you feel about seeing a much older Schwarzenegger slapping on the loin cloth again, the action star/tabloid fodder/politician/author back may just be the key to a successful update. Aside from last year's Schwarzenegger-less, the Terminator saga suffered with the lack of Ah-nuld. Still not happy? Well, he's got something to say to you about that:
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Matt Reeves' magnificent Let Me In is an Americanized adaptation of Let the Right One In a Swedish horror film which itself is based on an acclaimed novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (also Swedish). As such its setting has been moved from frigid Scandinavia to the more familiar but no less frigid Los Alamos New Mexico a town depicted as so bleak and uninviting as to provoke a lawsuit from the state’s tourism commission. Its atmosphere is particularly inhospitable to timid loners like 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) a spindly late-bloomer who suffers regular humiliations at school courtesy of a trio of pubescent sadists.
Owen’s home life isn’t much better: Dad’s gone for good pending a divorce from mom who’s an aspiring wino and something of a religious nut. He seeks refuge nightly in the solitary confines of his apartment complex courtyard where he meets and befriends Abby (Chloe Moretz) a new neighbor and apparent kindred spirit whose quirks include a penchant for walking barefoot through the snow. That along with her professed inability to recall her exact age provides Owen with the first clues that his new friend may not be entirely normal.
She is in fact a vampire. And like any vampire Abby requires blood for sustenance. But since the sight of a little girl chomping on the necks of locals is certain to raise eyebrows at Child Protective Services she entrusts the duty of procuring nourishment to her haggard elder companion (Richard Jenkins). First believed to be Abby’s father but later revealed as otherwise he (his name is never stated) trots out wearily on occasion to find a fresh young body to drain of its blood. His skills appear to be slipping in his old age (like Owen he is a mere mortal) and his sloppiness soon attracts the attention of a grizzled local cop (Elias Koteas) who has no idea how far in over his head he is. (The film is set in 1983 when the vampire-detection tools available to law enforcement officials were woefully inadequate.)
Meanwhile Abby and Owen’s relationship blossoms and notwithstanding the inevitable complications that arise in every human-vampire relationship they develop a profound and sweetly innocent bond. Still lurking in the back of our minds is the knowledge that Abby at her core is a remorseless bloodsucker and one significantly older than her pre-teen visage would have us believe. Is her affection for Owen sincere or is she merely grooming him to assume the role of her caretaker once her current one exceeds his usefulness?
There’s a great deal of manipulation at work in Let Me In both on the part of Abby and director Reeves who alternates between tugging on our heart-strings and butchering them. Abby is one of the truly great horror villains — so great in fact that I suspect many audience members won’t view her as one even as her list of mutilated victims grows. Reeves does well to preserve an element of ambiguity resisting the urge to proffer a Usual Suspects-esque denouement inviting us instead to connect the story’s dots ourselves. The film’s unique and affecting juxtaposition of tenderness and savagery combined with a slew of stellar performances makes for an experience unlike any other in recent horror-movie memory one whose effects will linger long after the closing credits have rolled.
Source: Deadline New York
Deadline reports that director Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race, Resident Evil films) has locked a deal to direct a new version of Buck Rogers, the classic tale of a fighter pilot who wakes up in the 25th Century and quickly acclimates to the future, putting his skills to use defending the planet against invaders.
Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway will write the screenplay.
The character launched in the 1920s and has been the subject of comic books, radio and movie serials, and two TV series, the latter of which ran on NBC and starred Gil Gerard.
Paradox, the company behind the new Conan movie, owns the rights to the age-old character. Paradox will finance and Anderson's partner, Jeremy Bolt, will produce with Fredrik Malmberg, Larry Abramson and George Furla.