What can we expect from the latest Conan movie?

King Conan A.K.A The Legend of Conan, like most projects that have had the misfortune to develop in the age of Covid, likely experienced delays. The latest published discussions with Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding the John Milius project concerned the format, which fans hope will be in feature film form, completing a trilogy of Conan movies. While the tone of Barbaric and Destructive were very different, perhaps the latter Conan the entry will strike a balance between the two, offering elements of adventure, brutal action, and fantasy in a suitable send-off project for Schwarzenegger akin to the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 for Harrison Ford or Rambo: Last Blood for Sylvester Stallone.


While the terminator franchise are perhaps Schwarzenegger’s most popular films, Conan is arguably just as iconic, prior terminator by fifty-two years. Conan The Barbarian was created by Robert E. Howard in 1932 and first published as a fantasy story series in strange tales magazine. The 1982 film adaptation shot Schwarzenegger to stardom and is still considered one of the greatest fantasy films of all time, responsible for creating an entire subgenre of Sword and Sorcery cinema that was popular in 1980s.

With the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and the next The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the fantasy genre is enjoying a resurgence. Now would be a great time for Schwarzenegger and Millius to team up again and deliver a more contemporary take on the franchise. While Richard Fleischer’s 1984 sequel, Conan the Destroyer, divided audiences over the more kid-friendly approach with a PG rating, the film gained a cult following for its country side and unabashed fun, as it pits Conan against a more blatant fantasy schlock with practical effects and creatures nice. A little known fact is the giant black horned demon monster called Dagoth that Conan fights at the end. was performed by André René Roussimoff, aka André Le Géant. The film also had the luxury of being marked once again by the irreplaceable Basil Poledouris, who had a knack for creating masterpieces of film music.

Brigitte Nielsen as Red Sonja and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Lord Kalidor in Red Sonja (1985)

Fleischer also made Sonja Red a year later, another character from the same universe as Conan. Schwarzenegger appears in Sonja Red but could not be called Conan in the film due to rights issues. Instead, he’s called Kalidor, but fans of the comics are quick to point out that Kalidor is the name Conan takes on after being granted royal status. 1997 Kill the conqueror, starring Kevin Sorbo and Tia Carrere, was another effort to expand Robert E. Howard’s fantasy universe on screen, but the film was not well received. Given how overlooked it is, the film deserves another look, bolstering impressive production value and maintaining 1990s nostalgia. Conan the Barbarian received a remake in 2011 starring Jason Momoa, but the PG-13 film was not well received, made at a time when studios were carelessly recreating beloved franchise films.

Unleashed Conan

Conan the Barbarian TV Show is Happening on Amazon
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Fans are speculating about different ways Conan could return. At one point there was talk of Paul Verhoeven potentially directing the film, which would no doubt have delivered a provocative film, especially if there’s any inspiration to be drawn from Sylvester Stallone’s recent bold and brutal creative decisions towards a excessive violence. There’s something palpable about seeing these action stars in a more rugged, yet still physically impressive state on screen, dumping overt levels of gore on their foes. Fans would likely embrace an absolute gore fest with Schwarzenegger swinging a giant sword with endless buckets of blood at the ready. Conan was also a very likable and charismatic character, so balancing brutality with levity may also be something we can expect to see.

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The final battle

Conan the Destroyer
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Some specific scenarios have recently been highlighted on TVOvermind by fans delighted with the return of Conan. Suggestions included Dagoth’s return from Conan the Destroyer (even though it’s rumored that the next movie won’t take into account the events of Destructive), the revenge of the Servants of Set, the impeccably established serpent cult of actor James Earl Jones in the original film, and an earthly personification of Crom, the god worshiped by Conan. This particular idea is perhaps worth exploring, given the high stakes that could come with such an epic plot device that could fit the final outing. The film could take a Clash of the Titans atmosphere with celestial beings involved.

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However, as things move on, fans are hoping Schwarzenegger is gearing up to play the Barbarian again. His recent portrayal of Zeus in the BMW Super Bowl commercial proves just how well the actor can now appear in royal garb. To keep up with his health and body, the actor recently made exercise a regular routine like eating breakfast. It has always played a major role in his life, from which he continues to reap the rewards, looking fantastic as he approaches his sixties.

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