Schwarzenegger Back as Conan in New Movie The Legend of Conan

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Schwarzenegger Back as Conan in New Movie The Legend of ConanEven decades later, the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian holds a very special place in our hearts. Simply put, Arnold Schwarzenegger was perfect as the title character. He had the look and the savagery down to a science. The sequel, not so much. But he did say that he’d be back!

Now, after all this time, Deadline reports that 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 original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” says Fredrik Malmberg, CEO of Paradox Entertainment, which holds the rights to Conan. “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.”

The Legend of Conan skips over not only the recent remake but also the 1984 sequel that Schwarzenegger starred in. The direct link is to the original, which was directed by John Milius from a script that he wrote with Oliver Stone.

Said Schwarzenegger: “I always loved the Conan character, and I’m honored to be asked to step into the role once again. I can’t wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story.

They’ve yet to figure out whether the film will be R-rated like the original film, but they won’t flinch from the hardness of the period depicted.

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  • JB Demented

    I guess Im not suprised. Figured after His reign of terror in California Hed go back to acting.

  • kiddcapone

    I don’t know what’s going to be swinging around more often in the movie, Conan’s sword or Arnold’s man boobs. Arnold and Sly Stallone need to give it up already doing movies with film characters from decades ago. It’s sad and pathetic.

  • Vanvance1

    The original Milius Conan is an entertaining fantasy movie; it’s also host to an amazing film score. What it isn’t is ‘Conan’.

    Just once I’d like to see some respect for the source material. In an era when Tolkein and Martin have received respect and admiration with accurate depictions of their source material doesn’t Robert E. Howard deserve the same?

    Enough. Start from scratch, hire a real director an unknown actor and use Red Nails as the script. Nothing else needs to be written. Storyboard that brilliant classic and run with it.

    • jkincer

      I would agree with you except to make a true Conan movie it would have to be an extremely hard R and require a fairly high budget, both of which would make it impossible to market as a summer movie. The best scenario for an accurate version would be a Showtime/HBO series that would celebrated for the nudity and violence instead of getting shelled at the box office.

      And you nailed it about the original score, best fantasy film score ever.

  • Screamz

    I’m game. Guess I’m in the minority thinking that the second “Conan” film was fun. Come on, you got Schwarzenegger fighting a creature at the end. What more could you want…besides story and character development and a plot that makes any sense…?

  • MonsterMash

    I’m down.

  • jkincer

    Wait, John Milius already wrote the sequel called “Conan Crown Of Iron” and was all set to roll except Arnie took a second term as Gov? They even recut the original for a special edition DVD release to flow with the new film (complete with a commentary track of Milius & Arnie talking about it). This is probably our last chance to have a true sequel to the ’82 film so I really hope they bring Milius onboard and let him finish the story. Please don’t screw this up Universal, I have watched practically every movie I loved as a kid destroyed in the past decade and this is your chance to right the wrongs of that turd “The Destroyer” and the even worse remake. Do the right thing and make the call to Milius.