2011's Conan the Barbarian didn't get the studio the results it wanted, critically or at the box office.
It is likely the reason the new Conan sequel is taking its sweet time in development, but this won't be a sequel to the 2011 film, but rather to the original 1982 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, titled The Legend of Conan.
Screenwriter Will Beall recently spoke to SlashFilm about where the project stands at the moment, and that it will definitely start right where the original film left off.
“It opens there,” Beall said. “It opens with this [hand on the chin]. It’s where you have to. It’s the sequel that we were promised and never got. I’m 11 when my father took me to see Conan the Barbarian which you should never take an 11-year-old kid to. It was a life changing thing. It’s an unbelievable movie. It comes back to [director John] Milius, right? There’s nobody better and it’s a real movie. It’s a truthful movie. Chris and I from the very beginning said there’s no reason to do it unless it’s a worthy sequel to Milius’s Conan and I think we’ve got that. I really do.”
The film remains in development, but Beall and Chris Morgan are hopeful that it will eventually go into production and thinks they already have a solid foundation.
“Chris and I are continuing to hone,” Beall said. “I think that’s going to be a great movie actually.”