Conan in Wellington

January 18th, 2013 at 8:04 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Wellington might be in line to host the sequel to the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian, Arnold Schwarzenegger says.

Universal Studios was looking “very closely” at using Sir Peter Jackson’s Park Road studios in Wellington for the sequel, Schwarzenegger told the website Ain’t It Cool.

“It could very well be that one of the places they’re looking very closely right now is Jackson’s studio in New Zealand,” he said.

The former governor of California has been campaigning for 10 years to get a new Conan movie made. The film, reportedly called The Legend of Conan, is due for release next year.

The script was being written. Filming was likely to begin by the end of this year, with him in the lead role, he said. 

Superb.  And think if Conan also became a massive hit. Do you think we’d see Winston demanding Arnie refund the film subsidy?

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15 Responses to “Conan in Wellington”

  1. mikenmild (8,890 comments) says:

    ‘And think if Conan also became a massive hit. Do you think we’d see Winston demanding Arnie refund the film subsidy?’
    Oh dear. More subsidies required? Any chance of Wellywood ever growing to a self-sustaining industry?

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  2. Lance (2,311 comments) says:

    M’n’M quick of the block as the representative lefty movie work hater.

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  3. Manolo (12,637 comments) says:

    The poor Arnie doesn’t recognise he’s well past his use-by date.
    I do hope the film is made here, but without the aging actor.

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  4. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    The original film was a real classic. I doubt the same film made in today’s politically correct environment would be any where near as good. Just the same, I hope NZ benefits from any production work.

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  5. thedavincimode (6,130 comments) says:

    Weary snipe milky and deliberately missing the point.

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  6. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    Meh – Arnie’s looking pretty spent these days. Our Val would wipe the floor with him.

    And oooooh how that would hurt. Tell us more about “girlie men” bro! :-)

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  7. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    M’n’M again displays the fallacy oft repeated by the MSM and Winston. The Government does not give money to the film industry in Wellywood. What the government does is forego tax revenue from the industry to keep it going. The end result is PAYE from all those that continue to be employed by it, directly or indirectly, and GST revenue from the economic activity it generates.

    The net effect is positive. To illustrate, if these measures were not taken, and the industry went offshore, which it so easily can, which is better to the government. To take a larger percentage of an industry that no longer exists, in effect nothing, or to take a smaller percentage of an even larger industry with growth potential.

    By the way….

    This movie was also filmed in NZ. How much revenue did the government get as a result? Certainly a shitload more than it would have got if the film was shot in Japan, and yes, the post production is being done in Wellington.

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  8. KiwiGreg (3,129 comments) says:

    @ slightyright – in the left’s world if the government lets you keep your money that’s a subsidy.

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  9. Pete George (21,826 comments) says:

    I do hope the film is made here, but without the aging actor.

    Look what Weta can do with Andy Serkis.

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  10. wreck1080 (3,527 comments) says:

    Great news if they win it.

    I don’t believe arnie would be starring in this — too old and the muscle turned to fat.

    Winnie is way off target.

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  11. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    Oh dear ! Surely this is a mistake and Arnie will not be in the lead role !

    He was awesome in his day, but that day has passed. Time for Arnie to be awesome at other things.

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  12. KiwiGreg (3,129 comments) says:

    If you’ve seen the Expendables 2 (and I dont recommend you do) you will see how past his use by date Arnie really is. Karl Urban?

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  13. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    Arnies “cameo” in Terminator Salvation should give you an idea of what technology can do for an aging actor.

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  14. dime (8,778 comments) says:

    “I don’t believe arnie would be starring in this” umm Arnie is in the lead.

    hilarious reading keyboard warriors saying arnie will be too out of shape.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukm0Hq2Zh2Q i like me some arnie.

    his book was a good read too

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  15. edhunter (435 comments) says:

    Reckon there’s been a typo somewhere, the movie isn’t about Conan the Barbarian it’s about Cohen the Barbarian, a role for which Arnie is probably a little on the young side for but should allow him to reprise the role in multiple sequels :-)

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