While speaking with Slash Film, screenwriter Will Beall (Gangster Squad) talked a little bit about a couple of projects, which includes Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to his most iconic role with The Legend of Conan.
Mentioning that the script isn’t exactly completed. This sort of explains the film’s production start has been delayed a couple of times and hasn’t found a director.
Beall also co-wrote The Legend of Conan with Chris Morgan. He confirmed that their film begins on the final image of 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, with Conan sitting on the throne, his hand on his chin.
“It opens there,” Beall said. “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.”
Legend of Conan remains in active development. “Chris and I are continuing to hone,” Beall said. “I think that’s going to be a great movie actually.”
They also alluded to Beall and producer Chris Morgan as the only writers of film, which isn’t entirely true.
Beall and Slash Film seemingly failed to credit World Trade Center, Blood Father and Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Andrea Berloff. Andrea was originally hired to write Legend of Conan back in 2013, as reported by Deadline.
It’s unknown if Berloff will get credit for her work, but we find it odd she’s being excluded as a credited writer this early without the script completed. This could also be a mistake, but it’s a little unprofessional to exclude the other writer when talking about the script. That’s unless her script was tossed entirely, which seems unlikely looking at her track record.
Arnold has teased that Legend of Conan could be shooting in New Zealand (via AICN) at Peter Jackson’s Weta, who helped make other fantasy novel adaptations like Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. Then again, shooting in Spain and Columbia has been mentioned as well by Arnold via TheArnoldFans.
It would make sense to us and should help reinforce the epic look and keep costs down if you’re using natural scenic backgrounds instead of visual effects.
However, without a director it’s going to tough to shoot it at all.