Yes fanboy and fangirls, you read that right! A dream rendition of the legendary barbarian (or perhaps a cinematic nightmare) is set to grace the silver screen once again, as audiences prepare to return to the ancient land of Hyboria.
Here’s what Deadline had to say:
Universal Pictures has made a deal for The Legend Of Conan, an action film that will star Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his signature roles as Robert E. Howard’s mythic barbarian. The deal brings Conan and Schwarzenegger back to Universal, which released the first film that launched Schwarzenegger’s movie career back in 1982. Universal has world rights on the film.
The film will be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan. Malmberg is CEO of Paradox Entertainment, which holds the rights to Conan.
Fredrik Malmberg, one of the film’s producers, had this to say:
The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.
After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me. Robert E. Howard’s mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche to Atilla the Hun was layered in the original film. People say, he didn’t speak for the first 20 minutes of the film, but that was calculated in depicting this man who takes control of life with his own hand. This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.
There you have it guys, we’re getting a sequel to the original Conan the Barbarian, so forget Conan the Destroyer and that godawful remake. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the blood and guts that will surely be coming our way!
But is the world really ready for the Austrian Oak to take on this role again? Can Arnold at his age even handle it? Are you excited about the prospects of this or is it going to further sully your fond memories of the series’ first outing? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.