There have been 4 Scorpion King movies and only 3 Conan movies. I wonder would most Conan fans have liked to have seen direct to DVD Conan movies on a par with the 3 later SK movies? They weren't great movies but were somewhat entertaining. I wonder if it would be better for keeping the franchise hopes alive to have these direct to DVD movies instead of trying big budget films, one of which failed, and the other which will probably never get made?
If the character was presented properly and the script was decent, I think it could be OK. The quality would have to be higher than the straight to video SK films though. There were hopes for Iron Shadows before the legal situation killed that project. Something done along those lines (but with proper legal clearance) would probably be accepted.
Johnnypt makes a good point about quality. More Conan on film would be awesome, but I think Scorpion King sequels are not a good comparison because I find them such poor quality they are unwatchable. I would not want to see Conan treated this way. We already have Conan the Adventurer with Rolf Moeller for poor quality Conan, embarrassingly bad in my opinion. I'm not sure if there is another franchise that has been able to put out decent direct-to-DVD releases...
There is a way to do great quality, big budget, mind blowing Conan movie - get Roy Thomas to do a searious R-rated script and get goddamn Mell Gibson to direct it That'll be all what needs to be done. And - BUM - there's a beginning of one great movie franchize! Now... Let se what our odds are 😏 Does enybody know where can be found temple of Mitra with a statue that will answer to the ones that pray?
I keep thinking of all those Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundren films when someone mentions direct to dvd. Some are ok, but usually sub par stuff like the Universal Soldier flicks. One of the ones that stood out for me was Equilibrium starring Christian Bale, a kind of action 1984, that was good. Conan would probably work better as an R rated niche thing that made its earnings as a cult fan favourite via the various streaming channels, but I would not want it to turn out as some sort of unofficial Scorpion King sequel. I have to agree with the opinion of some people that it would not work out as a live action Hollywood creation, the studios would strip the movie down into something they believed would cater for holiday audiences, attempting to generally please everyone, and no one in particular, and failing big time on the big screen most likely, or at best recouping a mediocre taking in trying to get the families, kids and overseas markets. Conan just doesn't work being treating that way, but that is what they would attempt to do.
Post by charleshelm on Feb 3, 2019 10:48:10 GMT -5
The direct-to-video Scorpion King sequels are uneven to poor quality, and the time lines are suspect at best from pre-dynastic Egypt to some medieval setting. They have action and attractive women but to me at least they do not hang together as part of a franchise.
Like everyone else I suppose, I would be happy to see a direct-to-video but faithful adaptation than what has been filmed or than the SK equivalents...
I posted elsewhere that the HP Lovecraft Historical Society has produced or sponsored audio and film presentations that are mostly faithful to the original text and are enjoyable. The Whisperer in Darkness, although diverging from the text in some respects, was well done and enjoyable and available on Blu-ray.