New Footage in First Conan: The Barbarian TV Spot, Plus the Official Site Goes Live
06.11.11 by BJSprecher
We haven't seen enough of director Marcus Nispel's new sword-and-sorcery movie, Conan: The Barbarian, to know what the finished product is going to look like, but our initial hesitation over Jason Momoa, the "little hippy kid from Iowa," taking over for Arnold Swarchenegger as creator Robert E. Howard's most famous character is beginning to melt away with the release of each new promotional item for the movie.
The first full-length theatrical trailer debuted a month ago and it made us sit up and take notice, presenting a vast, savage landscape far truer to the world envisioned by Howard than the one Schwarzenegger trotted through in his 1982 movie and showed Momoa might be able to pull off the feral ferocity needed of Conan. And the set of stylized character posters and cool motion poster that dropped earlier this week put to shame the amateurish posters Fox released for X-Men: First Class, which seems to imply Nispel and Lionsgate are of the same mind about what the look of the movie should be.
Now, the first TV spot for the movie has been released and it ups the excitement factor even more by showing more of Conan, more of Conan's nemesis, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) and more monsters set to what sounds like a remixed version of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train."
In addition to the new TV spot, the official site for the movie just went live. Unfortunately, many of the features are still under construction with "Coming Soon" messages hovering over them, so only previously-released photos and videos are available at this time, but the interactive map of Hyborea alone makes it worth checking out.
Conan the Barbarian was written by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, with re-writes by Sean Hood. Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman, Bob Sapp and Leo Howard also star.