I’m not going to lie, when I saw this news, I couldn’t have been more excited. Conan the Barbarian is a film I grew up with and remains one of my favorite things to watch on a regular basis. It’s the movie that made Schwarzenegger an action movie star, and even decades late it remains one of the best examples of the ‘sword and sandals’ genre.
It looks like Universal is keen to try and recapture that experience. The report from Deadline is that they have made a deal with Fredrik Malmberg (who holds the rights to Conan) to bring the franchise back with Schwarzenegger once again in the lead role. Malmberg is quick to say that this is the Conan fans have wanted to see since the original and that Legend of Conan storyline will take into account the former Govenor’s age (which makes sense):
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” Malmberg said. “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.”
Sounds good to me. Jason Momoa will be nowhere in sight this time around, and Chris Morgan (the other producer and possibly writer on the upcoming film) says that Legend will skip over both last year’s remake AND the original 1984 Conan sequel. Instead it’s a direct link to the first film.
All of this sounds good to me, and I can tell you now that I’ll be there on opening night. I can’t say it’ll be good, but I’m hopeful that it will be. Apparently the studios want to set this for a 2014 release, so chances are, we’ll know more about it sooner rather than later.