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It looks like we're about to find out what else is best in life. After nearly thirty years, Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the role of Conan, the barbarian sword-swinger that helped put him on the map. Schwarzenegger starred in two of these films previously: 'Conan the Barbarian' (1982) and 'Conan the Destroyer' (1984). Universal has just made a deal to set in motion 'The Legend of Conan.' The story for the new Conan was written by Chris Morgan ('Fast Five') who will most likely end up writing the script if he can finish the screenplay for the seventh 'Fast and the Furious' film. According to one producer, the new film will not ignore how much its star has aged since the original...
"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.”
I guess it's good that their acknowledging Arnold's age, because the guy is really getting up there. More to the point, he's reaching a point wherein his continued appearances in large-scale action films is becoming sad. In fact, this project may be the saddest yet. There is no need for another Conan the Barbarian movie. The remake with Jason Momoa tanked sharply and should have more than solidified within the Hollywood hivemind that the audience for the continuation of this franchise just isn't there. They may attract a small number of diehard Arnold fans with 'The Legend of Conan,' but I can't imagine the end product being anything more than his mugging for the camera while the younger cast does all the heavy lifting. Am I being short-sighted?
What do you guys think? Could another Conan movie with Arnold work? Will nostalgia trump logistics?