‘Spider-Man’ isn’t the only film making big announcements about a sequel before the first movie even hits theaters.
The upcoming film adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s ‘Conan the Barbarian’ won’t be released until August 19th, but the sequel has already been written… at least according to it’s star Jason Mamoa. What’s more interesting is that Momoa wrote the sequel himself. In a recent interview with Crave Online, Momoa had this to say of his script:
“CRAVE Online: Are you signed on to do another [Conan]?
Jason Momoa: I am, as long as people go out and watch [the first one], you know what I mean?
CRAVE Online: Yeah. Is there a story you’d like to do for the next movie?
Jason Momoa: I wrote it.
CRAVE Online: Did you really?
Jason Momoa: Yeah, so we’re waiting to see if they’ll accept it.
CRAVE Online: Is it original or did you adapt it from something?
Jason Momoa: It will mostly be… It’s character-adapted, because I really want to get into more of the mythical creatures, you know?”
I’m a long-time reader of Robert E. Howard’s ‘Conan’ stories so I’d love to see the upcoming film do the stories justice. However, I can also put my brain on the back-burner and enjoy some cheesy b-movie goodness like Arnold’s Conan so I have little doubt that I’ll enjoy ‘Conan the Barbarian’ either way.
The question is: Will today’s audiences, who only know Arnold’s version of the barbarian, enjoy a movie that seems to be steering closer to its written source material? It seems as if Lionsgate Films, or at least their star, is expecting that they will. Are you excited about ‘Conan the Barbarian’? If it does get a sequel, how do you feel about it being written by Momoa who’s only writing experience is the short film ‘Brown Bag Diaries: Ridin’ the Blinds in B Minor’ (2010)?
‘Conan the Barbarian’, directed by Marcus Nispel and set to release August 19, 2011 and stars Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, and Rose McGowan.