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“Conan” star Jason Momoa hasn’t seen Schwarzenegger’s films

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sometimes when you are planning to reboot a legendary franchise, it’s best not to watch the original, for fear that you might end up copying traits that made your predecessor work so well.

That appears to be Jason Momoa’s approach to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Conan the Barbarian” films, which Momoa will resurrect with the help of director Marcus Nispel (“Friday the 13th”) beginning Aug. 19. When speaking with the media at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend, the muscleman admitted that he’s going back to the characters comic roots as opposed to leaning on the films Schwarzenegger made in the 1980s.

“We haven’t seen ‘Conan.’ … No, none of us have seen the Arnold film,” Jason told Access Hollywood.

“But we’re not — I’m not a fan of that, I’m a fan of Frank Frazetta,” Jason continued, referring to the original artist who drew most of the early Conan images. “I love his paintings, I don’t need to see [Arnold’s] film.”

Instead of ripping off Arnold’s pictures, Momoa revealed that they are going back to the source material, which creates rich worlds and expansive adventures.

The actor said his upcoming movie, which follows Conan, bent on avenging the destruction of his people by Khalar Zym, is inspired by years of stories from the original author.

“With the books, there’s eight decades of Conan material, so it’s just so much greater than that. We tried to stick really clear to the Robert E. Howard fans and the comic book fans. So, I mean, that’s what we want to do on this,” Jason told Access. “Arnold’s has been done and that’s great. I mean Bond — Sean Connery’s right there and you’ve got Daniel Craig. And they’re both really fantastic.”

We’ll see if this new “Conan” is equally fantastic. It opens everywhere on Aug. 19.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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