HP at Every Day Should Be Tuesday has been on a Conan kick for the summer, reading through the collected originals and doing the yeoman’s work of watching the film adaptations.
I’m a big fan of the 1982 version. I was surprised to learn just how much the storyline differed from the source material. HP delves into that, and more, while offering a rollicking suggestion.
I for one would love to see something along the lines of what he describes at his blog.
We deserve another Conan movie. One that is more 1982 Conan the Barbarian and less Conan the Destroyer or 2011 Conan the Barbarian. (I posted short reviews of the three Conan movies last week.)
Making a good Conan movie brings certain challenges. Not the least of which is the difficulty of finding an actor who can credibly portray a character as physically imposing, athletic, and charismatic as Conan, and the difficulty of finding a director/writer remotely as unconventional and brilliant as Robert E. Howard. But I am specifically referring to what I call the “Stump Problem.” Rick Stump lays it out, and says a great bit more, in this blog post. The gist of what I am concerned with is that the 1982 and 2011 movies are origin stories that revolve around Conan avenging the killing of his parents; this is both non-Conanical and hurts the prospects of…
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