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Exclusive: Arnold Talks “T6” & Fate of “Conan” & Brings Comic Con Pop Culture to Ohio!

Once again, the staff here at TheArnoldFans had a blast at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus Ohio and this year they really outdid themselves with a fresh new improvement. For the first time it featured pop culture programing and Arnold and his team brought a Comic Con vibe to the event. The main theme focused on Conan the Barbarian with a giant Wheel of Pain people could push, Conan T-shirts (exclusive to the weekend), Arnold-signed Conan comic books and a chance to bid on an Arnold autographed Conan sword. Many fans also paid to have a photo with Schwarzenegger called the "Arnold Ultimate Crom Experience”. Fans were also roaming the showroom floor dressed as their favorite movie character like Mr. Freeze and a Terminator Endoskeleton. 

"I am pumped for this,” Arnold said on Twitter. "After traveling to a comic-con, I was inspired that we should be giving people the opportunity to meet their heroes at @ArnoldSports. I also saw that the worlds of pop culture and fitness intersect - it's all about heroes. Looking forward to meeting you!”

This morning we got to sit down with Arnold and hear him talk the latest on his upcoming movies including “Terminator: Dark Fate”.

Arnold gave us an update on King Conan and Terminator: Dark Fate.  First Let’s talk Terminator. Schwarzenegger spoke with TheArnoldFans about the film and covered several topics.

Working with Tim Miller
"The director, Tim Miller, was very, very talented and I can see why his movie, Deadpool, made so much money and why it was successful because he’s very organized. He’s an expert with visual effects and special effects and with stunts. He felt very comfortable directing all the actors, the young and the older ones. He was a pleasure to work with."

Working with James Cameron and Tim Miller
"It was a very interesting film to do with Tim, the dynamic, between him and with Jim Cameron producing. So Jim Cameron is right now directing Avatar films so he’s taken on this enormous challenge and he’s very busy with that BUT he’s a control freak and as you know, Terminator is kind of his baby so he does get involved in the filming so there were interesting discussions about which direction to go with a certain scene or how the dialogue should finish or what the certain look should be of an individual and all that stuff so there was a big collaboration between Jim and Tim Miller. I feel it was in good hands with both of them."

T6 Film Budget and Arnold Saw a Big Chunk of the Film
"David Ellison was the producer, he’s of course a very young and ambitious guy who raised the money for the movie, which is important. The budget was somewhere between 160 million and 200 million dollars. I couldn’t tell you exactly because the movie isn’t finished yet. It's still being worked on. Visual effects are being done now. I’ve seen 15 minutes and it looked great and I was very excited about it.”

Film Production
"Well, I’m reluctant to say anything about Terminator 6 other than we’ve successfully completed filming of it in Budapest. I was filming there for three months. I had a wonderful time and it was a fantastic city to shoot with great tax credits. 36 percent you get back for every dollar that you spent over there.”

The Studio is Watching!

"That’s all I really can tell you because if I say more about it, than the studio usually goes crazy and they call me and they go crazy and they say 'Why did you give this away? We wanted to announce this on March 31st or something.' So anyways, I let them makes those decisions.”

Some of our personal highlights of the Arnold Sports Festival is this Wheel of Pain Conan tribute by Rogue Fitness. It cost over $100k to make and weighs over 9 tons.  Terminator star, Gabriel Luna, pushed it around before TheArnoldFans interviewed him about the Arnold weekend and “Terminator: Dark Fate” (interview coming soon). 
Now back to Conan!  As we all know, production of a new Conan has gone into a bit of development hell even though it’s the number one film that his fans want him to do. Arnold explains exactly what the hold up is.

“When it comes to the movie," Arnold begins, "the sad stuff about all of this is when there’s an estate like this, The Robert E. Howard estate…when someone buys these rights, those people now own the rights and they have their own vision of what they want to do and the guy that has the rights is some young guy and he’s trying to figure out how to get his way through Hollywood and this is not easy to do. So there are people that say to him, 'why don’t you start with a TV series and then he negotiates for a TV series and that falls apart. And then he goes maybe to Netflix and that falls apart. Then he decides to make a movie maybe…but in the meantime, we have been trying to convince him for years now that the way to go is to come back and hire a really great director and to do another Conan movie and have me play King Conan, when Conan is like 70 years old and he's disgusted by sitting on the throne and being the king and then something happens after that.  It’s really not that far from creating a finished script. The only one who really has to pull the trigger there is the people who own the Conan rights to do a movie. Let’s go to Netflix or whoever it is, let’s hire a director who’s very creative and can elevate the project to make it a winning project. I hope it will be done very soon because I think it’s a great idea."

So according to Arnold the Conan TV series which was meant to be on Amazon Prime is no more but it’s very interesting that he said “Netflix” a couple of times!

We hope Arnold continues to bring the Comic Con and Pop Culture feature to the Sports Festival every year as it was truly an exciting improvement. There were even fantastic artists like James O’Neal, who brought his wood sculpture of Schwarzenegger, and many in the Artist Alley painted original Arnold masterpieces! There was even a comic book booth there called Flex Comics! Finally, we’d like to say congratulations to Brandon Curry, the 2019 Arnold Classic Bodybuilding  Winner! Stick around as we’ll be bringing you many more interviews, videos and stories from our adventures from another fantastic Arnold Sports Festival.


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