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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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Clueless cast reunite to celebrate 25th Anniversary!

Alicia SIlverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison were present

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The cast of ’90s gem “Clueless” reunited at C2E2 at McCormick Place Saturday afternoon to share memories of working on the now 25-year-old comedy classic.

While a couple of cast members were noticeably absent (specifically, Stacey Dash, who played Dionne, and the late, wonderful Brittany Murphy, who left us in 2009), the 2,800 seat hall did get to spend quality time with Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison.

While most of the cast had understandably aged, Rudd seems to be stuck in time.

“I’m 80 years old on the inside.” He pointed to his chest: “In here, pure darkness — and a little moisturizer.”

“They had to knock on Paul’s trailer an hour early because he had to finish sucking the lifeblood out of babies”, said Meyer, who played skateboarder Travis in the film.

While the audience seemed to be gunning for solid word on some sort of sequel, the cast reiterated that the film is  – sadly – going to be rebooted… without them.

Check out some of the pics from the panel :

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Junkie XL scoring new Terminator

The film reunites the artist with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller

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Junkie XL, the famed movie musicsmith who provided the audio backdrop for such films as “Alita : Battle Angel” and “Mad Max : Fury Road”, will compose “Terminator : Dark Fate”.

The film reunites the artist aka Tom Holkenborg with his ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller, as well as “Alita” producer James Cameron.

“It’s great to be working on another project with Tim,” Holkenborg said in a statement to THR. “The original Terminators were such iconic movies, and having James back as a producer with Tim directing is an amazing dream team. It’s going to be a fantastic movie to be part of.”

The Miller-directed “Terminator” reboot, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, releases November 1.

Official First Look at the Women of the New TERMINATOR (from left to right) Natalia Reyes as “Dani Ramos,” Mackenzie Davis as “Grace,” Linda Hamilton as “Sarah Connor”

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Avengers‘ Idris Elba set for another comic book movie

Actor recently signed to play Deadshot in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”

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“Thor” and “Avengers” alum Idris Elba is in final negotiations to star in “Mouse Guard”, Fox’s adaptation of the Boom! Studios comic.

Wes Ball (“The Maze Runner”) will direct the film, also featuring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, which has been described as “Game of Thrones with mice”.

Shot in motion capture with WETA providing visual effects, “Mouse Guard” is a set in a medieval world and tells of an order of mice who are the sworn protectors of their realm. Enemies range from predators such as foxes and eagles to other rodents.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elba will play Celanawe, an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like figure who was once a legendary champion and now thought long gone.

Serkis is the villain of the piece, the Guard’s blacksmith known as Midnight who turns against it. Brodie-Sangster is Lieam, one of the Guard’s newest and youngest members who will be called upon to prove his bravery.

Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming ‘Batman’ reboot, is producing the film.

In addition to his roles in the Marvel cinematic universe, Elba recently signed to play Deadshot in James Gunn’s reboot of DC title “Suicide Squad”.

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