I recently found out from my good friend Jason Fischer that there’s a reboot of the whole Conan franchise coming to movie theatres. I know I’m rather behind on this, but I’ve been busy. So shut up.

I’m a huge fan of Conan. The original Robert E Howard stories are awesome and I’m also a big fan of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. Those movies were a bit removed from the stories they were based on and Arnold as Conan wasn’t really very good casting, but they were still classics. The are still classics. And Arnie is the quintessential movie Conan now. It probably has as much to do with when I saw them, as an impressionable teenager, than with their quality. Regardless, I’ll always love those films, but now that I’ve found out a bit about the new ones I’m very excited.

Firstly, check this out:

Now that right there is Conan! As Jason Fischer mentioned in his recent post, when I read Conan stories I don’t see an Arnie character. I see this guy. This is Jason Momoa. He’s a 6’4″ Hawaiin Buddhist. I know, right – perfect for Conan. He’s come a long way from Baywatch.

According to imdb.com, the plot is:

The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village.

Brilliant. I cannot freaking wait for this movie. I might have to reread some Robert E Howard stories before next year to get into the spirit of it all again.