Djimon Hounsou Still Planning ‘Thulsa Doom,’ Sees It As ‘Gladiator’ Meets ‘Braveheart’

by Ryan Rigley

It’s been several years now since we’ve heard any updates about the rumored “Thulsa Doom” movie, of which Djimon Hounsou was said to star in and produce. Thulsa Doom, of course, being the sinister sorcerer played by James Earl Jones in the original “Conan the Barbarian.” In a recent interview with Hounsou, we found out what the deal is with the “Thulsa Doom” movie.

“I’m still trying to get somebody interested in it,” Hounsou told MTV News regarding the project. “I certainly have been working on it for some time. It’s written and I’ve just been trying to put it together.”

“It’s sort of like one of my projects; I put my own money on it and it’s sitting there for now,” he added. “There are other projects that I’m also trying to get going as well and, like those projects, I’ve become very passionate about this project as well.”

Upon first glance, the choice to make a feature film revolving around Thulsa Doom might strike someone as a bit overly ambitious. But that doesn’t seem to be stopping Hounsou, who seems to have very personal ties to the character.

“If you can remember the first opening scene of ’Conan the Barbarian,’ the first one,” Hounsou recalled. “You see this great image of James Earl Jones having such a transcending look at the woman and then he chops her head open. Right there. Holding the baby’s hand. That scene sort of stayed with me for a long time and it’s such a catalyst for the film, for that story.”

“That’s how it started for me,” continued Hounsou. “I thought, ’Wow. What about the life of that character? How did he become that? How did he become Thulsa Doom?’ And ever since he was really beautifully played by James Earl Jones, at first, I realized that this was a character that Robert E. Howard created separately. He created that entity but it just never became developed.”

With appearances in “Kull the Conqueror,” “Conan the Barbarian,” and “Red Sonja,” Thulsa Doom most recently appears in his own mini-series written by Arvid Nelson with art by Lui Antonio.

“Maybe a great way to do it would be to do a story like ’Gladiator’ meets ’Braveheart,’ if you will,” Hounsou contemplated. “I just wanted to make something with a powerful story, but we’ll see. It’s not over yet.”

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