Djimon Hounsou Starring as Thulsa Doom in Feature Adaptation
by Alex Billington
July 21, 2008
Although a Conan reboot is already in the works, Dynamite Entertainment has decided to put together a spin-off film about Thulsa Doom, an immortal sorcerer from Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian universe. Actor Djimon Hounsou will produce and star in the feature film that is being adapted from the upcoming comic book series based on the character. The film will focus on the origins of the flawed hero and show how his road to hell was paved with good intentions. No studio has picked up the film yet and no writers or directors are attached yet, but it seems like Hounsou and Dynamite are looking to make this a strong comic book movie contender. Read on for more details!
The character of Thulsa Doom first appeared in the 1930s in Robert E. Howard's pulp stories. A powerful necromancer, Thulsa Doom is Kull the Conqueror's primary foe. In the comics, he is portrayed as an undead sorcerer with a skull for a face. Not only can he control snakes and serpents, but he had the ability to change shape, become invisible, and was seeming immortal until Conan killed him in the movie. In that classic 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick, Doom was actually played by James Earl Jones. He was portrayed as the primarily villain that Conan eventually fought. In all reality, this spin-off sounds awfully similar to The Scorpion King with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
In coordination with this announcement, Quint of AICN interviewed Hounsou and talked with him about the project and why he decided to take it on. No writer or director has been attached yet, but Hounsou sounds incredibly anxious to get the project up off the ground. As for the elements and inspirations, Hounsou explains: "You have the fantasy, you have the action, you have the character that is just so well driven and if you look… The way I always look at Thulsa Doom and suddenly the scope of Thulsa Doom, I always compare it to epic stories like Braveheart and Gladiator or something like that…"
Although I have no clue what the heck this is going to be about, Djimon Hounsou deserves a starring role. I'm just not sure Thulsa Doom is going to be his big break. It's not even a catchy name, it sounds more like a character from Fraggle Rock than an "immortal sorcerer." And it seems eerily like The Scorpion King, which is definitely not a good thing because that was a completely unnecessary spin-off itself. I just hope that the writers on this project have put together a script and a story that will allow for some potential with the visuals. The Dark Knight has just set a new precedent for comic book movies and now that this is one, they better learn to step it up as well. Is anyone interested in this Thulsa Doom project?