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Djimon Hounsou Starring as Thulsa Doom in Feature Adaptation

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July 21, 2008

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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?

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  • Alex
    "Djimon, digital monsters, djimon have more power!" lol
  • Chris
    I have to admit, I got a 'Scorpion King' chill up my spine while reading the front page. And not in a good way.
  • I'd be interested in a 'fallen hero' film. I certainly wouldn't rule it out. For what it's worth, Scorpion King was my favorite of the Mummy movies. Or I should say my least unfavorite of them.
  • Curtis
    Not interested and its not necessary, If this goes in the direction of The Scorpion King then help us all.
  • Kortoso
    He'd make an excellent Imaro. But why Thulsa Doom? The Arnold movie is ancient history, it was a Kull character anyway. They probably think he can be the next "Darth Vader". Predicting a bomb for Doom.
  • Shouldn't they wait to see how Conan does first (which I think it will not at all)?
  • avoidz
    Why is it necessary to provide a "fall-from-grace" type backstory to these sorts of villains? Sign of the times... And who needs this spin-off anyway?
  • Joel
    What's with the "do we need this" and "it's not necessary" comments? What movies DO we need? It's about entertainment, and this has the potential to be entertaining. If it had a less stellar actor attached I'd say the odds leaned towards suckage, but Hounsou is great, so hopefully he'll turn in a performance worthy of the source material. I'll wait until the movie comes out, then I'll go see it, and THEN I'll decide if it was any good. But hey, I'm crazy.
  • Obsidianpunk
    I agree with Joel. The Rock is an awful actor that only does good in football movies. In fact I could have sworn the Scorpion King was about some quasi Egyptian guy who puts together an ancient football team filled with misfits. :p Djimon on the other hand is not even in the same category as the Rock. Any chills experienced is because of indigestion. Pop a tums and re-reflect on this here news byte. Scorpion King = spin off of a lame movie strictly for the money. Djimon seems excited about this project and will give it a creative or at least inspired touch because you never know, he might have been inspired by James Earl Jones in the original (he stood out to me - turned into a frikkin' snake man and he was bad ass with his temple cult). I would like to see that as a movie - dark, costumey, magic, swords, inspired leading actor, no Uwe Boll, Yea! Add Samuel L. Jackson, and you have an obsidianpunk masterpiece. lol. Shame on FS blog master for even thinking of the Scorpion King. Shame!

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