Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Old man and the C word


The Los Angeles Times is reporting the sixty-five year old Arnold Schwarzenegger, will reprise his role in a Conan the Barbarian sequel.

Several of Robert E Howard's original Conan Stories were written after an older Conan had become King of Aquilonia. The very first Conan Story ever written was rewritten from an unpublished Kull story, "By This Axe I Rule!" and set just after the middle-aged Conan became king. Howard didn't write his Conan stories in any chronological order, so the oldest he wrote Conan wasn't his last Conan story. Conan was in his mid-forties in The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conqueror, was his fifteenth Conan story out of twenty or more, and was one of the last Conan stories published before Howard's suicide, but not the last to be written and one of only a few novel length Conan stories written by Howard.

But many stories were written about an aging Conan. None by Howard. He has a son Prince Conn. There was a fun Marvel comic series titled, King Conan. And even in the last Conan novel chronologically Conan is in his mid-sixties, Arnold's current age. And given the relative health and lifespan's of people living now, I suppose it isn't such a stretch to see Arnold play a prehistoric guy close to his own age, especially by Hollywood standards. Depending on how old he endsup in the script. Could it be another Expendables maybe, a fun self-indulgent poke, not taking itself too seriously, at the expense of a beloved literary character? Or could this be Arnold's Unforgiven? One thing is for certain, if the Jason Momoa 'Conan the Barbarian' hadn't failed we wouldn't be here. So thank Crom for the success of the new Star Trek revamp or we might have seen Shatner and crew in a new scooter filled Enterprise. 

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