“Milius said my idea was a “feverish dream under acid”,” said Stone of his four-hour opus, which included an intermission and was planned as the first of 12 films, set in the future, with vast armies of mutants and cloned beast-men. “But that’s exactly what it should have been! It’s what arises from the work of Howard–he was a very strange man. The producers sold it short.Thus spake Oliver Stone on his original script for Conan the Barbarian in the May 2010 issue of the British film magazine Empire, as reported at The Cimmerian. The blog post includes lots of other interesting excerpts from a seven-page article entitled "Conan the Unmade," which discusses the rather poor treatment Robert E. Howard's greatest creation has suffered at the hands of Hollywood.
I'm going to see if I can get a hold of a copy of the magazine, as it sounds like it's a rare example of cinema journalism where the issue of faithful adaptation is treated seriously. Despite the guardedly good reviews of Jason Momoa's appearance as Conan by trustworthy sources, I'm still very skeptical that this upcoming film will be any more true to Howard than was Milius's 1982 Nietzschean opus.
I'd love to be prove wrong, of course.