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'Legend of Conan' is an update, says writer/producer Chris Morgan

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'Conan The Barbarian' 1982 movie poster
The Legend of Conan producer has said that it will be an update of the 1982 film.

Chris Morgan has said that the new movie - which sees Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the titular role - will show sides of Conan that have not been seen on the screen before.

"Not a reboot, not a remake," he told Hero Complex. "Just an update. Where has the character been all this time? A catch-up with Conan.

"He's not going out and fighting battles, but he ends up getting drawn into something and he has to access the barbarian he was in his youth. I love that Conan has been many things in his life, notably a pirate, a major tactician and a commander of men. In this movie, we're going to tap into some of those things - things you haven't seen on-screen yet.

"I want the warrior whose joints have started to fuse together, who has to crack the cartilage so he can pick up a sword again. I want the guy who's not necessarily lost a step, but there's some rust he has to shake off. I want to embrace that. It makes it a greater hero story.

"Conan needs to be faced with challenges. The greatest challenge to him isn't the armies that are set before him. It's, on some level, self-doubt, a little bit of slowing down and forcing yourself to be heroic beyond what people expect of you. What I don't want is for him to step back in and look the same. That would defeat the purpose of our story."

Morgan has not officially signed on to write the film, but said that whatever his final role, he would be there "every step of the way".

The movie is said to be a direct sequel to the 1982 original, ignoring its follow-up Conan the Destroyer and the poorly received 2011 reboot.

Watch the original Conan trailer below:

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