I was never sure how I felt about the attempt being made to reboot the Conan franchise. It has been almost thirty years since Arnold Schwarzenegger has donned the ol' leather loin cloth and pondered on the riddle of steel.
But Crom has shined upon the fledgling franchise relegated for all these years as a mere cult hit and, despite not resonating at all with anyone under the age of thirty, Conan will once again make its way to the silver screen.
Helmed by Marcus Nispel (director of the almost watchable Vikings vs. Indians slasher Pathfinder), the movie had a glimmer of potential, as the best parts of Pathfinder were the action sequences. But adding Stargate: Atlantis star t the cast as Conan faded that glimmer to a dull polish in no time at all. Nothing against Momoa or anything... He's just not Arnold.
But today word has been leaked to the internet that might have saved this movie (in my eyes)...
Ron Perlman has been said to be in negotiations to play the part of Conan's dad, Corin. The Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy star is expected to take the role at one time thought to have been Mickey Rourke's part to turn down (which apparently he did when he decided to go to War with the Gods).No words as to when Conan is going to hit the screens, but early estimates have it coming out in the summer of 2011.