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Conan has been a well-recognized name throughout the genre of action, ranging from books to videogames. First conceived in 1932 by writer Robert E. Howard, Conan quickly became an iconic figure in fantasy novels then evolved into comic books in the 1950s.
In the 1980s Conan attacked the big screen being played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now after 30 years after the making of the original movies and more than 8 years in the making, Conan the Barbarian is back on screen as he fights to avenge his slaughtered tribe.
The focus of fan’s attention has turned to the next actor that will play Conan. Many believe that Schwarzenegger’s shoes can never be filled when it comes to playing with Conan.
After a long seven-year stretch in the development stage, the director Marcus Nispel had found his Conan in Jason Momoa. Jason Momoa was a model though he is more famous for his acting. HBO’s recent series, Game of Thrones, featured Momoa as the barbarian king Khal Drogo. This character is a Conan-esque character that Momoa plays skillfully. Based on his previous work, Momoa will definitely fit the shoes that Schwarzenegger left behind or at least give him a run for his money.
Conan’s father was to be played by Mickey Rourke, but he had left the project for Dawn of War due to how long Conan was stalled. Instead, Ron Pearlman, mainly known for playing roles like Hellboy, and One in City Of Lost Children, will take the part of Conan’s father.
The director, Marcus Nispel has directed mostly horror movies, using a kind of grey and dark color to them. Some titles he directed include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Frankenstein. With such a gritty look to his movies, the movie seems to be turning down a really gory path.
Many of Nispel films are known to be gory. So with a lot of action sequences in Conan, one can only imagine the amount of red dye that will be flying everywhere across the screen. The grit, the blood and the harsh colors will give Conan a more horror feel than a straight action flick would have.
The movie has had many complications as it began developing. The idea floated around Warner Brothers for a little more than seven years when Nu Image and Millennium Films obtained the rights in 2007. Bringing on LionsGate to distribute the film along with a new revision of the script, Conan was finally beginning to take shape.
The principal photography began on March 15, 2010 and ended June 5, 2010. With the film waiting to be release Conan fans are sure to want to catch the action, August 19th.
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