Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Hither Came Conan..."

Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars...

Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet."
--The Nemedian Chronicles


The Conan reboot is due August 19th.

I seriously hope they do this right.

I had high hopes for The Last Airbender. Especially when Shyamalan was quoted as saying he was a big fan of the series.

And we all saw what happened.

TotalMovieFail.

With Conan, I grew up watching the original films with Ah-Nuld.

Entertaining, yes. I'm sure the Conan purist had something to say about those movies, but for me, they were fun romps with sword fights and evil sorcerers and mighty-thewed warriors and scantily-clad wimmens.

In college, I read four of the Ace paperbacks that included the pastiche stories by Carter and deCamp.

Then the various novels and the Marvel comic books and comic magazines.

Several years back, I came across the Del Rey trade paperbacks of the REH Conan stories and immediately had a new appreciation for the big lug, especially when "untainted" by the pastiche stories.

So.

I'm hoping this new movie doesn't crap all over the source material.

The outlook seems good. According to Mike Stackpole, who's writing the novel tie-in, he saw a rough-cut of the film and
The actors did a great job, and having their performances in my head made writing so much easier. This is especially true of Ron Perlman, who played Conan’s father.
I also thought, as far as the novelization was concerned, the following was a nice nod to REH:
Writing the novel was a lot of fun, even though I was working on a tight schedule. I would write a chapter, take a break and read a Howard story, write another chapter and so on. I kept reading Howard’s original work to make sure that I didn’t get too far away from his original rhythms or intent. When you read the Howard stories you realize that Conan is far from stupid; and can be very voluble at the right moments. I let that be my guide...
Yeah. Good outlook. Sounds promising.

For the book.

But I'm still wary about the movie.

Okay, Hollywood.

Don't fuck this up.

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