Arnold Schwarzenegger Set for New Conan Sequel

6 years ago by Nadya Vlassoff

Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the role of Conan in The Legend of Conan due out in 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon return to the famous role of Conan the Barbarian in a new reboot called The Legend of Conan for Universal Pictures.

Thirty years after Arnold Schwarzenegger took on the role of Conan The Barbarian back in 1982, Schwarzenegger will return to the franchise that helped launch his career.

Although little is known about Schwarzenegger in The Legend of Conan, Deadline reveals that two creative names have already signed on to the project, writer Chris Morgan (Fast and the Furious, Wanted) and Fredrik Malmberg, CEO of Paradox Entertainment, which currently holds the rights to Conan the Barbarian.

According to Deadline, Morgan will produce the new Conan film and may write the script if he’s finished writing Fast and the Furious 7. Universal is eyeing a 2014 release date, which puts a tight squeeze on writing and production deadlines.

After Jason Momoa’s disastrous turn as Conan the Barbarian back in 2011, Malmberg wanted to resurrect Conan with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role.

Although plot details are unknown, the report indicates that The Legend of Conan will tie into the the first Conan film and will center on a “king, warrior, soldier and mercenary” who is “nearing the last cycle of his life” and wants to go out with a battle bang.

Directed by John Milius, the original Conan the Barbarian starred Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role along with co-stars James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gava, Max von Sydow, and more.

In 2011, director Marcus Nispel tried to reboot Conan the Barbarian with Jason Momoa in the title role, alongside Rachel Nichols, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, and Bob Sapp, but the film failed to catch on with fans.

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Nadya Vlassoff

Nadya Vlassoff joined The Deadbolt in 2009 and currently serves as associate content director and contributing editor. A former writer for the boutique apparel and accessories blog, Nadya has interviewed and worked with a variety of top names in pop culture, fashion, entertainment and sports.
  • david

    I’m still waiting to see him wear a crown of gold on a troubled brow. Let’s see Conan the King.

  • cigs645

    A 65 year old warrior hacking away as he rides down the prairie on his wild mustang. wielding his sword. only in Hollywood The last Conan did not catch on this should do it. Son of Conan goes to Japan coming up next.

    • taranaich

      Jean Parisot de la Valette led the Knights Hospitaller at the Siege of Malta at the sprightly age of 69. Sir John Talbot died leading the English army at the Battle of Castillon at the age of 80. William Marshall, “the greatest knight who ever lived,” fought in battles up to 73. Hell, Genghis Khan himself was still out waging wars at 65.

      Just saying, truth can be stranger than fiction.

  • BigConanFan

    AWESOME. real big fan of the Conan short stories, as well as the movie with Arnold. Every short story could probably be a movie itself, so no shortage of material to choose from. So don’t betray the original stories please..

  • Ivan

    Can’t wait for the sequel with Dwight Howard as Bambaataa.

  • Ziad Elmalki

    I cant wait. We should have seen a 3rd Conan a long time ago but flava flavs girlfriend messed it up for us.

  • saint

    its a republican nightmare like a mormon president itching for the end mankind

  • makapuu

    Would be interesting to see if he can get back into shape.
    I predict his outfit would show his arms but everything else would be covered up.

  • JRS

    Still plenty of room for Hollywood to screw it up, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this. And before anyone starts making wisecracks about his age, some of the original short stories took place when the character was old, so this will be true to the source material. From what they’ve said about the old king looking to go out with a bang, this sounds like exactly the Conan movie I want to see.

    • taranaich

      None of the short stories written by Howard depict Conan beyond the age of 45: later authors like L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, however, did a few set in the twilight of Conan’s reign.