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Wednesday
Dec052012

Arnie's Hero Journey Mapped Out for 'The Legend of Conan'

We'll find out soon if Arnold Schwarzegger's return as a headlining action star will be triumphant when The Last Stand comes to theaters on January 18th.  It's common knowledge that the former Governator of California will reprise some of the roles that transformed him from Austrian bodybuilder to the movie legend we've come to know and love over the years.  Speaking of his legend, his return as Conan just received a battle plan from Fast Five writer Chris Morgan, who shared some details with the LA Times about the barbarian's next adventure.

Much like Arnie himself, we'll see an older Conan this time around, which was the main point Morgan touched on in the interview.

"[Conan is] not going out and fighting battles, but he ends up getting drawn into something and he has to access the barbarian he was in his youth," he explained. "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’tseenon screen yet."

He continued: "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 [also] 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."

I gotta say, I love the idea they're going with here in rebooting the Conan franchise.  It just doesn't feel like you could bring the character back any other way and not have it seem forced.

Usually rebooting a popular character years later feels like a pathetic attempt at making a quick buck (or millions) at the box-office, especially when the actor has aged considerably and doesn't look the part.  I don't have those reservations with a new Conan though, as it could prove to be an interesting, fresh take on an iconic character.  And Arnie is still more yoked than the average Joe.    

Plus, the film won't have to be all that remarkable to best Jason Mamoa's Conan.  

There's been no word on when production will start, but at least we've got a vague idea of the storyline now.

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