Even 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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