Saturday, May 14, 2011
Conan - New Film Trailer
Conan the Barbarian has always been that type of character. The ultimate anti-hero. I first read some of the original Conan stories back in high school, and I was completely enthralled with not only the character, but also Robert Howard's fast-paced plotting and non-politically correct language. And compared to most other genre literature, Conan was an incredibly complex creation - savage, ruthless, but also possessing a sense of honor and humor. In addition, even though he was capable of defeating multiple hand-to-hand opponents in a desperate, last-stand sword fight, he also knew how to use his wits to get out of a tough situation.
Not so the Conan of the mass media though. In the early 1980's, I was thrilled when Arnold's Conan movie was released, and even though on its own merits that is an enjoyable enough film, Schwarzenegger's portrayal of the Cimmerian Barbarian is much simpler than and less subtle than Howard's one. And of course, the 1980's movie's plot has little in common with the original stories, being more of one of those "inspired by" films rather than a "based on" one.
Now it appears that later this year a new Conan movie will be released. Here is the most recent trailer:
I don't know about this one. The producers claim that it is not a remake of the 1980's film, and that it is supposedly based on the original stories, but that isn't obvious from the trailer. I'm also not sure about the casting of Jason Momoa for the lead (but I really like the witch), although I must admit, he does fit my mental picture of the Barbarian more than Arnold does. I guess we'll have to wait and see. Even if this film doesn't turn out to be a masterpiece, as an aficionado of Sword and Sandal films (either historical or fantastical in nature), this will still probably end up on my own must see list.
(Click here for link - search authors for Robert Howard). The stories were written back in the 1930's, and although there is still some disagreement about whether or not the copyright has expired in all countries, it appears that Australian law has determined that these works are now in the public domain. I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and download these stories (regardless, I already have the paperback versions in my attic somewhere). They will make for absolutely perfect reading material on my new IPad, that's for sure.