Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Conan Returns!

Variety has reported that Conan is on the comeback trail. Of course he is! Comic movies are still making huge bank, as proved by the mild and mediocre X3, and Conan wants to pillage some of that sweet cash (even if Conan started in pulp stories)! But will this be a return to fan favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie fare (take it away Teddy):

Conan, what is best in life?

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!

Or will it be faithful to Robert E. Howard's original tales, finally quenching die hard fans pleas? Being a fan of only one Arnold film (The Terminator) I think we could use a new, Batman Begins, approach to Conan, going back to the character's source, but will the frustrated writings of a dark, brilliant, suicidal shut-in (read about Howard here) really fit the bill or will it seem in contemporary context to be the wank material of preteen male empowerment and rape fantasy?

Yes to both answers.

Variety reports (
link here) :

Barbarian back at gate
Yakin to write, direct 'Conan'


Looking to re-establish Conan as more than a chat host, Warner Bros. has set Boaz Yakin to write and potentially direct "Conan the Barbarian," a new take on the Robert E. Howard-created character.

WB is eyeing an early 2007 production start for the film, which will be produced by Irving Azoff, Jon Jashni, Richard Alexander and Akiva Goldsman. Peter Sederowsky and Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertainment, the intellectual property company that controls rights to the Howard estate, exec produce.

Yakin, best known for writing and directing "Fresh" and for directing the gridiron hit "Remember the Titans," has been a fan of the Howard series since childhood and came up with a take that impressed the studio.
Yakin's concept is more faithful to the Howard story than were the two Dino De Laurentiis-produced "Conan" films that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the sword-wielding conqueror.

WB has tried diligently to revive Conan and got close twice. "The Matrix""The Matrix" directors Larry and Andy Wachowski circled, and then Robert Rodriguez emerged, but hiring the latter became problematic after he quit the Directors Guild of America so he could co-helm "Sin City" with Frank Miller.

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