If you knew actor Jason Momoa just from his performance as Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones, you might wonder if the guy was even able to talk. Clearly he’s talented at looking big and strong and menacing, but what kind of a wordsmith could he be if not playing a horse lord from a different land? We’ll be getting a lot more of an idea how he handles language once Momoa takes the starring role in the upcoming Conan the Barbarian, and hopefully he impresses enough doing a lot of talking in that, because it’s looking like he’s going to be writing the story for the sequel.
Momoa spilled the news when talking to Crave Online. When talking about the story he’s come up with for a possible Conan sequel, Momoa says that he would be looking for more mythic creatures for Conan to clash with the second go around. On why they’re waiting for a sequel to jump heavy into the mythology of the Conan universe, Momoa says, “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.” Of course, doing big budget effects in the sequel, and even making a sequel at all, will depend on how well Conan the Barbarian does at the box office. It looks like if you want to watch Conan fighting horned whatsits, you’re going to have to go out and see the first movie, and then wait a while for a sequel. Put in the work and then you’ll get your treat.
What are the particulars of the creatures Momoa has in mind for his story? “I don’t want to give anything away,” he says, “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.” And don’t go thinking that you’re going to be able to guess what he has in mind. He’s not taking his ideas from existing Conan material. Momoa goes on to say, “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.”
What do you think about this news? Will Momoa have what it takes to be a writer? Will they find somebody else to actually do the heavy lifting of the screenwriting? Will anybody even go to see this first Conan movie? I’ll at least check it out, but I’ll let Momoa have the last word in convincing you to do the same:
“I want to @#$%ing make a great Conan movie.”