The Legend Of Conan producer Fredrik Malmberg spoke to The Arnold Fans about the long-awaited Conan threequel, which is set to reunite original star Arnold Schwarzenegger with the role he defined in the 1982 fantasy epic.
“We’re doing the script and it’s by the whole Fast And The Furious team, which is great for a power position of the studio because they’re extremely successful – it was the biggest movie and if anyone knows how to build a franchise, it is that team. It’s Chris Morgan and Jeffery Kirschenbaum, the head of Universal.
“Arnold is very excited. It’s just in the phase where it takes a lot of work to get the script just right… We have a great story. Everyone loves it. This is a role that’s perfect for [Arnold] and he’s very involved with the whole Universal team. It’s the best team they have. Arnold has been very instrumental to being this together saying, ‘We gotta make a good Conan!’ I think if we do this right, we can do two more Conan movies right after. I think Game Of Thrones also shows a huge interest in fantasy. I’m psyched about it.”
Speaking about the more practical side of things, the producer was cautious about 3D and the level of CGI, saying, “With today’s production values, we can probably do a lot more with what they were doing way back then.
“I mean we have seen what Peter Jackson has done. I think, of course, this is probably more grounded and less fantastical with less creatures and CG monsters. We want to have some of that fantastical world, but we don’t want it to become a complete fantasy because what really set Conan The Barbarian apart from all the other fantasy movies is that this feels like our prehistoric earth. Still, we want to make it full of splendor… It’s on the table and it’s a big studio picture and a big event movie.”
You can pick up 1982’s Conan The Barbarian on Blu-ray for £8.78 from Amazon.co.uk.