Will “The Legend of Conan” Start Filming In 2015?

Did you ever think such a larger-than-life character – and the actor most associated would seemingly become so small?

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been associated with “The Legend of Conan” for a while now, yet there has been zero buzz and it has not officially been put on the schedule.

Seriously, every day it seems like we get some new info on Marvel Studios’ nests of franchises, Warner Brothers’s nest of franchises, giant Pixar films like next year’s “Inside Out”, 2016’s “Finding Dory”, 2017’s “Toy Story 4”, “Jurassic World”, “Minions”, “The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2”, the “Divergent” franchise, Fox’s “Planet of the Apes” and “X-Men” franchises, the future of Spider-Man on film and movies starring the Terminator, Mad Max, Jason Bourne and James Bond.

But absolutely nothing on “Legend of Conan”.

Indeed, despite the announcement that Schwarzenegger would star in the project that was made on October 25, 2012 there has been precious little news since.

The last bit of news, at all, was almost five months ago, on August 5, when it was reported that producers were hoping “Legend of Conan”would start filming in the summer of 2015.

Yes, there are a lot of questions regarding the proposed film – but there are a lot of questions regarding a lot of films.

When there stops being any news to report, the chances of a film getting made become even slimmer.

Of course, given the fact that Schwarzenegger’s star seems to have fallen to Earth in the films he has made since returning to Hollwood after his tenure as the Governator, this is somewhat understandable.

“The Last Stand”, “Escape Plan” and “Sabotage” almost certainly will not make anyone’s list of great Schwarzenegger films, let alone great films in general.

Chances are, the powers That Be want to get a sense of Schwarzenegger’s other foray into returning to one of the franchises he is best known for with “Terminator: Genisys”, before making up their mind on whether to invest time and treasure into Ah-nold playing a much older version of one of pop culture’s most brutal warriors.

If they do wait until “Genisys” comes out in the dummer, fans of seeing “The Legend of Conan” with Schwarzenegger will likely plummet.

Which would be a real shame.

Schwarzenegger was once one of the biggest stars in the world – literally and figuratively.

It would be horrible if his final films had fans and critics saying he hung around too long.

Reviving a character and franchise that floundered without him would be a GREAT story. The success of an older Conan could lead to more, quality sword-and-sandal flicks starring a young “Conan”, “Red Sonja” and “Queen Sonja”.

i want to see a “Red Sonja” or possibly a “Queen Sonja” film, with a screenplay written by Gail Simone.

Dynamite’s Nick Barrucci has stated many times that there was some momentum for a “Red Sonja” or “Queen Sonja” flick based on the success of his comics featuring the She-Devil With A Sword, but after Jason Mamoa’s “Conan” tanked in 2011, those plans were put on hold.

Mamoa’s “Conan the Barbarian” opened to an incredibly weak $10 million it’s first weekend, just edging 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian” starring Schwarzenegger, when ticket prices were MUCH lower.

2011’s “Conan the Barbarian” grossed a pithy $21 million domestically, compared to 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian”, which grossed $109 million when adjusted for inflation.

In other words, Arnold’s “Conan” sold FIVE times as many tickets as Mamoa’s.

When the vastly more lucrative international box-office is taken into account, the comparison is even worse. Despite huge ticket-price inflation and a broader international market, the 1982 “Conan the Barbarian” still beats 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian” in RAW DOLLARS, $68.9 million to $48.8 million!

I really do hope “The Legend of Conan” gets made with Schwarzenegger and revives both the franchise and his career. The character has a lot of potential and Schwarzenegger has always been an amicable star.

If you think about it, his career started later than most. He was 35 when his “Conan the Barbarian” came out in 1982.

It also took an early hiatus, when he ran for and served as Governor of California.

It’s easy to forget, but he was once signed to do FIVE Conan films. Both Universal and he wanted him to become as synonymous with the character as Sean Connery was to James Bond.

When the second film was made more kid-friendly and was not received as enthusiastically as the first, those plans were scuttled.

I would like to see Schwarzenegger make up for lost time and portray an older Conan who has taken on all comers and STILL has to until the day he dies.

An excellent script can do that.

It also depends on Schwarzenegger getting in reasonable shape. Because while everyone from Liam Neeson to Stallone can still bring the action and shoot guns and/or use stunt doubles, it’s quite another thing to play a character who is still supposed to be beyond cut.

While CGI could help, it would be embarrassing if perhaps the most famous bodybuilder ever needed a computer to help him pack on some muscle.

Schwarzenegger deserves to have at least one more shot in a recognizable role, even at an advanced age. Look at how Sylvester Stallone surprised everyone with “Rocky Balboa”, which came out when he was 60 and was a huge success.

One of my wishes for 2015 is that Schwarzenegger gets that same shot.

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