Jason Momoa Says His Conan Will Be Based On Robert E. Howard’s Novels

Later on this month, former “Stargate Atlantis” star Jason Momoa will begin filming his part as the title character in director Marcus Nispel’s new “Conan” film, which is based on the popular barbarian warrior created by Robert E. Howard.

And while Arnold Schwarzenegger’s turn as Conan in “Conan the Barbarian” and “Conan the Destroyer” has defined the character in popular culture since 1982, Momoa’s Conan will skew more towards the rogue adventurer found in Howard’s original novels.

“At the time, [‘Conan the Barbarian’] was amazing… It’s got a little ’80s vibe to it,” said Momoa during an interview with the Des Moines Register. “I did more research with the books (than the movies), to tell you the truth.”

The article also stated that Momoa is training for his role in “Conan” with stunt performer David Leitch (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Chad Stahelski, the martial arts stunt coordinator for “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.”

Momoa also offered his insight on his life as an actor.

“I simply get to study life. I can be a doctor, I can be a crack addict, I can be Conan the Barbarian – or I can be saving the frickin’ galaxy. It doesn’t ever get dull.”

Late last month, reports indicated that Sean Hood had been hired to rewrite the “Conan” screenplay and that film veteran Mickey Rourke is in talks to portray Conan’s father.

“Conan” is scheduled to film in Bulgaria through June with a release date planned for 2011.