Al Harron over The Cimmerian has given me small cause to hope that the upcoming Conan flick might not be completely without redeeming value. Photos have emerged of star Jason Momoa looking decidedly more Cimmerian than I had imagined possible. Give the man some blue contact lenses and bulk him up a little bit more and he might just look the part. Diehard Howardians will, quite rightly, point out a number of problems with Momoa's physiognomy as a match for Conan's, but, by my lights, even in these pictures he looks a lot closer to my mind's eye vision of the character than did Arnie.
Cheering as this is, the new film will live or die by its script and I've yet to seen any indications that the new film will be any more true to REH than its predecessors. Harron's post also notes that a second script doctor has been called in to rewrite the screenplay just weeks before shooting starts. That doesn't inspire a lot of confidence, but who knows? Perhaps the "rewrite" will prove to be more extensive than that and we might be saved from the worst nonsense that was in earlier drafts.
Time will tell.