Cover of The Sword and the Sorcerer
Many years ago, hot on the heels of the Conan the Barbarian movie, there were a whole series of (mainly low budget) sword and sorcery movies released.
One of the better ones, and in my mind one that would have made a far better sequel to the Conan movie than the official sequel, was called The Sword and The Sorcerer (TSATS)! It featured a mainly B-list cast of TV actors and lesser supporting actors, but all the same the final result was a quality fantasy movie that should have received more recognition than it did.
Visually the film was stunning, with excellent set and costume design. Also the special effects were far above the quality of many of it’s competitors. In fact the only thing that let the whole film down was the titular Sword, with it’s triple blades which looked somewhat absurd, and became even more so, when it turned out two of the blades could actually be fired from the sword as some kind of spears!
Anyway, lets move on to the reason for my blog post. Almost years since the release of The Sword and The Sorcerer, the original director Albert Pyun is in the middle of making a sequel, titled Tales of an Ancient Empire! Clearly this sequel will not feature many of the original cast (although Lee Horsley, who was the star of the first film is returning), but as Pyun is returning lets hope that the essence of TSATS can be instilled into the new film.
The lead role in this film is taken by genre actor Kevin Sorbo, whose previous dabbling with Sword and Sorcery was the lamentable King Kull (and believe me, as a life long Robert E.Howard fan, that one hurt), so lets hope Tales of an Ancient Empire is far above that!
Tales of An Ancient Empire is due to be released sometime in 2010. The official website is already in place and can been seen here.
Thanks to Christopher Mills and his Atomic Pulp blog for alerting me to this film.