Conan the destroyer: why was Arnold Schwarzenegger disappointed by this sequel?

On the occasion of the broadcast of the film Conan the destroyer on Saturday August 6, 2022, from 8:55 p.m. on RTL9, Télé Star reveals to you why Arnold Schwarzenegger was disappointed by this 2nd feature film centered on the character of Conan the barbarian.

Released in cinemas in 1984, the movie called Conan the Destroyerworn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title rolewill be rebroadcast on Saturday August 6, 2022, from 8:55 p.m. on the channel RTL9. Directed by Richard Fleischerthis feature film is the sequel to Conan the Barbarian, released in theaters two years earlier. In this 2nd movie, the mighty warrior Conan is tasked by the evil Queen Taramis with escorting Princess Jehnna into enemy territorywith the aim of stealing the horn of the god Dagoth, against the promise of the return to life of the woman he loved, and whom death robbed him of. But Conan is duped by Taramis, who meditates darker plans.

The idea of ​​making a sequel to the film Conan the Barbarian was born after the great commercial success of the first film, which had also allowed Arnold Schwarzenegger to reveal himself to the general public. However, director John Milius, who directed the first feature film, was unavailable. Roger Donaldson was then hired. However, producer Dino De Laurentiis ultimately preferred to assign the filmmaker another project: The Bounty (1984). John Milius then suggested the name of Richard Fleischer to him.who at the time had directed one of his favorite films, The Vikings (1958).

Conan the destroyer: less violence and nudity in this sequel, but also more humor

In order to stand out from the first part, a more humorous and family-oriented direction was desired by the studioin particular because of the recent triumphant success of Steven Spielberg’s feature film: ET, the extra-terrestrial (1982). Arnold Schwarzenegger was disappointed by this decision, as he later recounted in his autobiography.. In addition, violence and nudity were significantly reduced in this sequel, which was a way of allowing the film to rank “All public“. Thus, we see at most only one severed head in Conan the Destroyer, whereas Conan the Barbarian totaled 4, including a woman and a snake.

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