Jason Momoa Apparently Wrote the Story for Potential 'Conan' Sequel
by Ethan Anderton
August 8, 2011
Coming sometime this week we'll be posting our interview with Jason Momoa, star of the new take on brutal warrior Conan the Barbarian, but the actor revealed some news to Crave Online that we didn't learn during our time with him. Apparently there's already plans for a sequel in the works, and Momoa himself even wrote the story for it. However, at this moment they're playing the waiting game on two fronts. First they have to see if the first film hits with audiences and performs at the box office, and they're waiting to see if the studio will accept the new story which will deliver some more mythical creature action.
Momoa says his story is character adapted because he really wanted to bring some more mythical creatures into the mix. He explains why they were hesitant to include more in the first film:
"We wanted to go there [in the first one], but having' Clash of the Titans,' and coming out against that, we wanted to put the budget into some other things. We just couldn't hit… We couldn't get to that level with the visual effects and stuff. I don't want to give anything away, but we already have our Conan, really it's about the villain, what that villain is going to extract from Conan, and where as an actor I want to go with Conan. You know, no one's going to know what I want to do better than me.
We want to incorporate three different things, because obviously you don't just want to do the [existing] story, because the fans already know it. You want to keep them on their toes. So, I think we have a good lock on it. Also, I feel it's beautiful… How many actors get to go in there and go, 'I'm part of the writing process?' and care that much about the character, because he is a fan himself? It's great. You know some people go like, 'It's great, I'm going to be in my trailer.' I want to @#$%ing make a great Conan movie."
Obviously we're not really sure if Momoa has the writing talents to craft a great story for Conan, but if he had a good idea, maybe the right screenwriter can help bring it to life. In addition, it's always good to hear an actor be so passionate about his character and wanting to get involved in the development process to help make the best possible film. Sometimes that kind of involvement can seem a little too invasive and egotistical, but here it just sounds like he loves the character, and has a really good mind about where to take him in future adventures. Of course, we still have to see how Conan the Barbarian turns out when it hits theaters on August 19th, so stay tuned.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Yeah....when has actors writing the material worked well? & I don't mean when an actor was also producer or director or any scenario like that...
Kamish on Aug 8, 2011
Woody Allen, Mel gibson and many more but sure they produced and directed too
Loser on Aug 8, 2011
Of course he wants mythical creatures, he never lived long enough to ride dragons with Kalisi in Game of Thrones!!.....but, more likely, he's trying to propel a sequel to help ensure he wont become a flash in the pan after Conan now that his career has a tiny bit of momentum.
Voice of Reason on Aug 8, 2011
No, But he DID ride Kalisi, which i'm sure was GOOD compensation!
Ultim8 on Aug 8, 2011
Voice of Reason on Aug 8, 2011
Hmmm....in his Khal Drogo makeup, doesnt Jason Momoa look a bit like LOBO? 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobo_(DC_Comics)
David Banner on Aug 8, 2011
You're just reading my thoughts!
Intemerata on Aug 15, 2011
Beware the last time an actor try to get this involved with a film his name was Edward Norton, and we all know what happened to his sequel film
Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011
This is stupid... also the studio already has a sequel script in the can. It's possible they won't use it, but the script writers had to redo it even at one point to fit more in line with the draft they ended up using from the current film. So... who knows what the studio execs will do but I wouldn't take Momoa's word for it.
AD on Aug 9, 2011
I have no prob w/ an actor having a script *idea*/storyline... but as article said, perhaps the right screenwriter can make it workable. There's just very few that can successfully do function-crossovers well. Some directors can write, some actors can direct... but many more fall on their face. Still, I'll be there opening weekend - I love Conan, and Jason Mamoa.
VAharleywitch on Aug 9, 2011
Stallone wrote and starred in Rocky that one won best picture Oscar, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting that one won a best original scrennplay Oscar to name a few more
Loser on Aug 9, 2011
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