When a suspiciously cleaned-up and accessible for the Conan the Barbarian remake went online last week, Josh was immediately suspicious, noting that even a remake of a gore and nudity-filled original would feel pressure to go PG-13 these days. Even though the film’s writer Sean Hood promised online that the film is definitely rated R, nothing is certain until the MPAA weighs in; then again, looking at the new poster for the film it’s hard to imagine they’re going for anything different.
You can check out a smaller version of the poster below and the full-size over in our Blend Film Database. What I think of immediately is 300, the contrasting black and white with the bright orange flames, the mob of swords and soldiers falling at the sight of our hero– come on, don’t you see the similarities? 300, of course, is one of the most successful R-rated movies of all time, so if the Conan producers are in fact releasing an R-rated movie, you can’t blame them for inviting the comparison. Conan the Barbarian, starring Jason Momoa in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, opens August 19.