I am in complete an total agreement with Evil Toth-Amon here, his words represent the reality of the moviemaking business and mirror my own.
Reading this thread, I don't think the reality of the situation has sunken in with everyone. People keep talking about how to improve matters for the sequel. There is not going to be a sequel. It's dead, Jim.
The launch of "Conan the Barbarian" (2011) has been an unmitigated disaster. It has flopped catastophically, worse by far than many of you seem to think. This is no temporary setback or a speedbump, this is instant franchise death. At worst, it might even spell the end for Paradox.
Both Conan and REH are dead on film for the indefinate future. The struggle Paradox had making this movie is NOTHING compared to the struggle they will have getting another one off the ground after the spectacurlar bomb this turned out to be. It failed at everything it said out to do.
Before they can even think of getting another Conan movie made, they must repair the damage this one has done and rebuild the brand. That will take them the better part of a decade, and even that is optimistic.
IF (and that is indeed a big if) a new Conan movie gets made as early as a decade down the line, it has to be a total reboot, denying the 2011 movie ever happened. No one associated with it can be involved with a proverbial next Conan movie.
It doesn't matter how good he was, Momoa has to go. It's not personal and it's not fair, he delivered the goods, but that's business. If Conan is to have a future on film, Momoa can not be associated with it.
Edited by norse_sage, 26 August 2011 - 01:57 PM.