He’s baaack, but not in a role we ever expected to see him reprise. The shirt is coming off and the hair is about to flow, as Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to return to the “Conan” franchise with a third film, titled “The Legend of Conan.” This time around, he will hear the lamentation of the women from the comfort of his own throne, as Conan takes on the role of king.
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior and this is the take of the film we will make,” producer Fredrik Malmberg said of the film’s premise. “It’s that mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”
While it might be a glorious return to form for Schwarzenegger (and other 1980s action stars), does that mean that Arnie’s return to the Conan role is a good idea? Our friends at MTV Geek certainly don’t think so, arguing that Schwarzenegger has now crossed over into “post-modern territory,” becoming “meta-Schwarzenegger.”
“He’s not an actor. He’s the character of Arnold Schwarzenegger, one time movie star/former Governor,” argues Geek’s Eddie Wright. “His inherent Schwarzeneggerness is unavoidable and I can’t imagine the image of him donning a long wig and furry underpants will do anything to sway the perception of that image simply being Arnold Schwarzenegger, one time movie star/former Governor in a long wig and furry underpants into the area of ’cool, Conan’s back!'”
As a lifelong Schwarzenegger fan, I have mixed feelings on the issue. On one level, I’m curious — both sincerely and morbidly — to see if he’s got what it takes to give us another worthwhile “Conan” movie. On the other hand, I was a big fan of Jason Momoa’s take on the character, if not the movie itself. It’s a shame to see his take abandoned so quickly and thoroughly, even if the movie Momoa made wasn’t exactly a homerun.
But what do you think? Do you think Schwarzenegger’s “Conan” return is a good idea or a bad one? Let us know in the comments section below or hit us up on Twitter!