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Schwarzenegger wants this sequel made – why doesn’t the studio?

“Terminator” star is still keen to reprise one of his best-known roles

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How times have changed.

Twenty-five years ago Arnold Schwarzenegger was bigger than any movie or brand – in fact, he was the brand.

“Total Recall” wasn’t about Doug Quaid, just as the “Terminator” sequels weren’t about John Connor’s minder. And “Junior” surely wasn’t about anything other than… what was that about!? They were all about Schwarzenegger. Arnold. Ah-Nuld. The Oak. The big guy. The last action hero. He was what people were going to see – and between 1987 and 1997 his attachment could pretty much get any studio opening their wallet to make a project happen.

These days though, what with his age (71) and mixed response at the box-office (in anything other than a “Terminator” movie), Schwarzenegger doesn’t have the pull with the studios as he use to. And it’s a shame – because he’s still frickin’ fantastic and, as my fellow action buffs will attest, still got the goods. If “Twins 2” was something the Austrian thesp had wanted to do in 1991, it’d have been immediately greenlit, but in 2019, Universal are still seemingly mixed on whether they think the movie is a good idea or not – having spent several years now ‘considering’ it. Same deal with a “Running Man” sequel, which Schwarzenegger was all for. Never got past the idea stage because he, and his fans, were the only ones championing it.

One film that’s been on Schwarzenegger’s to-do list since, well, about the time we all moved off dial-up is “King Conan” – or “The Legend of Conan” as it’s also been referred – a third in the series of “Conan the Barbarian” films. In it, Schwarzenegger would play an older incarnation of his one of earliest but most popular roles. The script has been locked for years, a director has reportedly been set just as long, and Schwarzenegger agreed to do the project from the moment that project was first floated to him.

What a movie this would be! A huge, fantastical swords n’ sandals epic with oiled-up muscle-men yielding swords and beating down enemies… and yet, the studio just don’t see it.
In 2017, Chris Morgan – one of the many writers who’ve worked on the project – said Universal weren’t sold on the new “Conan”.

“At the end of the day, the studio decided that they weren’t gonna make that. I gotta say, it’s honestly a heartbreak. I love that first movie so much, it’s one of my favorite movies. We had Will Beall do a draft on [the Legend of Conan script]. He killed it.”

Morgan continued, “Our take was Conan, 30 years later, a story like the Clint Eastwood Unforgiven. It was so awesome. Ultimately, the budget was big, the studio was not really sure of the title, and the relevance in the marketplace. They ended up letting it go. I think they’re gonna look to do a TV show or something with it. But just to be associated with it, pitch it to Arnold, have him get so excited, there was a moment of magic for me, personally [laughs]. You never know, down the road we may revisit!”

Today on Twitter, Schwarzenegger again reiterated his interest in the project. He was plugging a new Conan comic book, and mentioned at the end “It’s a movie that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Let’s do it”.

The script, Schwarzenegger said a while back, focuses on “Conan the Conqueror, where I’m sitting on the throne for years and years, decades, and then all of the sudden, the time comes when they want to overthrow me.”

It sounds gold. Best case scenario? The new “Terminator” movie, releasing at the end of the year, makes a gazillion bucks and wins Arnold raves, and Universal finally find the confidence to press the go button on “Conan”.

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Sonic going back to the workshop; moves to 2020

Paramount to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look

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Coming through on it’s promise to spend more time perfecting the title character’s look, Paramount has delayed the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie until 2020.

After the release of the recent trailer, fans of the SEGA-game freaked on Twitter over the blue animal’s human teeth, calling them “creepy” and “nightmarish.” The filmmakers went into immediate damage control, promising punters they’ll fix the look.

The pic, starring Jim Carrey, is now moving from its November 8 release to February 14, 2020 next year so the blue guy looks better for y’all.

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Rocky 7!?

Sylvester Stallone says he has a “great idea” for another “Rocky” film

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While we’ll unlikely see Creed belting his glove again, Sylvester Stallone says Rocky Balboa isn’t out.

The actor  made the revelation today at the Cannes film festival, where his long career and latest ‘Rambo’ film are under the Croisette’s spotlight.

While ‘Sly’ hints that his participation in the “Creed” franchise might be two and out, the 72-year-old says a seventh “Rocky” film could be on the cards.

“I have a great idea for Rocky. He finds this fella who’s in the country illegally and it becomes a whole thing. It would be really phenomenal, really different”.

“It’s like a magician,” he continued. “Once you’ve seen how he does the tricks you’re not impressed any more. It’s the same thing with Rocky. You’ve seen everything, so you’re like, ‘How can it be different?’ That would be different. When you take him and throw him out of the country and he’s in another world. It could work.” he said.

Stallone didn’t say whether it’d be Balboa, who we last saw in 2018’s “Creed II”, training the immigrant.

The actor had intended for 2006’s “Rocky Balboa” to be the character’s swansong but returned to the role when the idea for the “Creed” films were presented to him.

Stallone was at Cannes to attend a a 4K restoration screening of his groundbreaking actioner “First Blood” and promote its fourth sequel “Last Blood”, which sees the long-suffering vet going up against cartels in Mexico.

“He goes out there and bad things happen,” Stallone said. “There’s going to be some serious vengeance in this movie. A lot of people are going to get killed.”

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ICYMI : Christopher Nolan’s new film gets title, full cast

The time-traveling international spy movie stars Robert Pattinson, among others

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Warner Bros have announced the title and cast of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated new film, due July 17, 2020.
“Tenet”, which has just gone before the cameras, is said to be an action epic that combines the always entertaining elements of international spy missions and time travel.  The man with the megaphone is keeping a tight lid on the plot.
The cast, which includes many Nolan-staples, is headed by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Nolan is shooting in the beautiful IMAX format with some 70mm thrown in for good measure.

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