Those familiar with Conan only from the pastiche, or the movies, or the comic books, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know the real article, who has far greater range of emotion and zest for lifeÃ‚Â — and is at the same time more primal. Those acquainted with the character from other incarnations likewise have no idea of Robert E. HowardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s power as a writer. He is an able plotter with a splendid imagination, but it is in his narrative that Howard truly excels, and that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t translate into another medium. His scenes are drawn swiftly, skillfully, with a few sharp brush strokes. A movie version isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessary because his prose is so cinematic to begin with.
But, so long as there is going to be a movie version, I sure hope that those whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re putting it together keep in mind what Eric Knight said recently on his blog.