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Fredrik Malmberg talks 'Legend of Conan'

– by Philip Sticco

conan-le-destructeur-84-05-g While at SDCC TheArnoldFans had a chance to chat up Fredrick Malmberg, president of President & Chief Executive Officer of Paradox Entertainment Inc and producer of Legend of Conan.

Here's some info on the newest adventure of Conan:

TheArnoldFans: What's going on with Conan? What can you share about the latest developments?

Fredrick Malmberg: We're doing the script and it's by the whole 'Fast and the Furious' team, which is great for a power position of the studio because they're exteamily successful - it was the biggest movie and if anyone knows how to build a franchise, it is that team. It's Chris Morgan and Jeffery Kirschenbaum, the head of Universal. Arnold is very excited. It's just in the phase where it takes a lot of work to get the script just right.

TheArnoldFans: Is The Legend of Conan 100% happening?

Malmberg: Oh, It's happening. We have a great story. Everyone loves it. This is a role that's perfect for him (Arnold) and he's very involved with the whole Universal team. It's the best team they have. Arnold has been very instrumental to being this together saying, 'We gotta make a good Conan!' I think if we do this right, we can do two more Conan movies right after. I think Game of Thrones also shows a huge interest in fantasy. I'm psyched about it.

TheArnoldFans: Have you considered any directors? Paul Verhoeven personally told me he's interested in directing Conan so have you thought already about potential directors?

Malmberg: A lot of directors, managers and agents have called on us and said 'my client is interested.' I mean there's a LOT of fans of both Arnold and Conan but we really want to wield the story first and THEN go to one of these directors. But we will have a great director for sure.

TheArnoldFans: The Legend of Conan. What’s the meaning behind the film’s title?

Malmberg: The idea is that this takes place AFTER Conan has been king. But this is the legend of Conan where he has been gone and people say, 'do you remember the good ol' days when Conan was around?' And now it's time for him to come back. In the stories and you can also see it when he's sitting on the thrown and the narration on that last scene of the movie..."with a troubled brow" ...you can tell he's not really happy being king. So, it's time for him to go out and do battle.

TheArnoldFans: Is this a stand-alone film or might it be a trilogy?

Malmberg: That's what we hope. In fact Arnold, judging by other classic actors like Eastwood who's in his 80s, he still looks badass. I think if this film is good and is well received, then I don't think we have to say NO to Arnold for several more movies. We can keep going forward, even after he ages.

SOURCE: The Arnold Fans

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