“The Legend of Conan” is a thing, it is happening, and it is coming whether we like it or not. Though the “Conan the Barbarian” sequel is still in its planning stages, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been talking the movie up while he’s been doing press for “The Last Stand.”
During a conversation with TheArnoldFans.com, Schwarzenegger and producer Fredrik Malmberg admitted that the movie still hasn’t been greenlit. If it is, though, they hope to have Peter Jackson’s WETA work on the film.
“We’re concentrating on the story and the script, and then we’ll go out and find the right director who has the same passion as the rest of us in the group,” Malmberg said. “We’re trying to get the TOP production people involved. We’re talking all the time about who we’d see doing the production, and our dream would be to have the WETA Workshop guys, the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit guys.’ They are huge ‘Conan’ fans and they would be great to be involved on the creative side.”
As for Schwarzenegger being — for lack of a better term — old, he said he feels as good now as he did when he made the original “Conan” movie. That’s a good thing, since “The Legend of Conan” is said to ignore the events of both “Conan the Destroyer” and 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian” and pick up after the 1984 “Conan the Barbarian” movie.
“Age doesn’t mean anything to me, because I work out every day. I work out twice a day, as a matter of fact,” Schwarzenegger said. “So for me, to get on the set and to swing the sword around again and to ride the horses and all those things doesn’t mean anything [does not scare me], because I feel like I did thirty years ago. So as long as I stay in shape, that’s the key thing, and to keep your body young.”
He added, “Even though you do feel the pain when you wipe out and when you do your fight scenes and you get more sore and the body doesn’t come back as quickly and all this … but just grind through it, you know? That’s what it’s all about!”