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The Legend of Conan, which is set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role after more than 30 years, will be a direct sequel to John Millius' 1982 film. How, you ask? Well, to be even more specific, "think Unforgiven... with a sword-wielding barbarian," said producer/co-writer Chris Morgan of Furious 7 fame. Yes please!

In a recent interview with TheArnoldFans, Morgan, Producer Frank Malmberg and Schwarzenegger himself spilled many beans about the project.

Here are some more choice quotes:

Chris Morgan:
"When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend — and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian.

[John] Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear — incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world."

Frank Malmberg:
"In my opinion, Conan is beloved because of his political incorrectness. He doesn’t think, he just acts. People can relate to the freshness of somebody who doesn’t give a damn about civilization — in fact, despises it. At the same time he is a magnificent fighter, leader and friend."

As much as I had a ton of fun with Marcus Nispel's Conan (review), all of this sounds like the right direction to approach the next film. It fits into the canon of Millius' take all the better as that original film is so damn fantastic.

Recommended Release: Conan the Barbarian

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