[Movies] Frank Darabont Reveals His Idea For A New Conan The Barbarian Movie
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.24.2013
Would you want to see it?
Frank Darabont spoke with io9 about several projects when he brought up that he had some ideas for a brand new Conan the Barbarian movie. Here are highlights:
On his idea for Conan: "I talked to [Jon] Bernthal about that very thing just a couple of months ago. I would still do a Conan movie! It would be an incredibly smart one. Because he could play what we've missed in Conan today on the screen. He's got some wit and he's got some intelligence. He's a canny, wily, brutal guy. Bernthal could play that, he really could...You go back to Robert E. Howard, there's a lot of heart there and a lot of mysticism and a lot of questing and yearning in that character... How do you make a smart Conan anything? You do what Dark Horse did with their series of comics. They went back to Robert E. Howard, and they have one of the smartest adaptations of Conan. And that's how you do it smart, it's been done.
On watching his work in front of others: "I'm one of those people — unless it's tragically bad, unless it's like Showgirls bad, I really can't have people talking around me. As a kid I would go into a movie theater by myself, because I really wanted to focus on the movie. Once my attention is on that thing, I don't want chatter. I want to concentrate on the movie."
On his new noir series: "Yes, it was going to be called L.A. Noir, based on the book by John Buntin. But the video game company with the video game called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the shit out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood. And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently. So we're changing the title, and I do believe the title is going to be Lost Angels. This is being announced right here. It's a very, very cool show. It's [set in] 1947 LA and it stars my very dear friend Jon Bernthal, whom I worked with on The Walking Dead who is now free of that..."