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Schwarzenegger Will Be King Conan!
Universal reboots with Legend of Conan

26 October 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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Fans of Robert E. Howard's famous barbarian heaved a collective sigh of resignation and turned back to their dog-eared paperbacks following the disappointment of last year's Conan reboot. But fears that it would be another 30 years before the Cimmerian resurfaced onscreen have proved unfounded: Universal have just announced that they're at work on The Legend Of Conan, which will see Arnold Schwarzenegger finally returning to the role.

We've been here before: Arnold's adventures wearing the jewelled crown of Aquilonia upon his troubled brow were teased as early as the John Milius film in 1982, and Milius was attached to a film along those lines, the ultimately abandoned King Conan, in 2001. That one would have been produced by the Wachowskis.

The Legend Of Conan is not a remounting of that film, although Fredrik Malmberg of Conan rights-holders Paradox Entertainment suggests that it will be a direct sequel to Milius' Conan The Barbarian, ignoring both Richard Fleischer's Conan The Destroyer, and the 2011 version.

"The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior", says Malmberg, "and this is the take of the film we will make. It’s that 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."

Producing with Malmberg will be Chris Morgan, the in-house writer at Universal who was behind the last four entries in the Fast & Furious series, Wanted, and perhaps most relevant here, the forthcoming 47 Ronin.

"After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me,” Morgan says. “[Conan] lives by that barbarian law of the wild, capable of extreme violence and rage, but he has created his own code and operates from within it. By the end of that film, Conan became a certain character, and this film picks him up there, as he faces different challenges that include dealing with age. [It's] 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."  

The irony here is that, after years of studios pursuing the idea that Conan need not be Arnold, and after a very credible turn by Jason Momoa proving just that (in spite of what might have been happening around him), we've come full circle, reinforcing the notion that no Arnold equals no barbarian. Notice also that nobody is quite demonstrating an intention to go back to the original stories. A King Conan film could give us an adaptation along the lines of Howard's The Phoenix On The Sword or The Hour Of The Dragon, but the source everyone seems to be talking about so far is Milius.

Still, it's early days yet, although The Legend Of Conan appears to be on a very fast track. Universal want it in theatres by the summer of 2014. The story is Morgan's, but Deadline believe that tight turnaround may mean he can't actually write the script, since it could clash on his schedule with Fast & Furious 7. In any circumstance, this seems to be very much his project, meaning he'll stay hands-on as producer. The next job is to find a director, but at least the film's star is sorted.

“I always loved the Conan character and I’m honoured to be asked to step into the role once again," says Arnold. "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.”


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Give me a break
The originl movie was not a good movie. Not the worst, not terribe, just not good. The sets were goofy, Arnold was just plain stupid, and the story was nothing like an actual Conan story. Now Arnold is too old, in fact he probably died last week. The second Conan movie wasbad, the new Conan movie was horrible, and this new movie with a tired, pathetic action star promises to be the worst yet. The better movie would be the story of Arnold's escape from the old folks home and the grim reaper. More

Posted by dliang382@yhoo.com at 20:10 on 28 July 2013 | Report This Post

Oh God... Fast & Furious writer in the mix? this is gonn be crap!
A message to Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan.... DON'T SCREW THIS UP! No comic relief characters for the kiddies or pathetic attempts at humor. No bigger than life supernatural segways to excuse an abundant abuse of C.G.I. and for God's sake don't rush the script because Universal has a use by date of 2014. You only have one chance at this seeing as Arnie has said yes. You're dealing with an original film that has gained CULT STATUS ... do you understand what responsibility that carries??? It More

Posted by Conan55 at 08:14 on 10 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Conan the Train Spotter
L: ODForrest Awful idea, the second film was rubbish and I could not bring myself to watch the remake, might as well make Conan the Train Spotter. read somewhere when this news broke that the second film was being ignored in the continuity. I think this is great news - its a film I've always wanted to see ever since Arnie wore the jewelled crown of Aquilonia up a troubled brow (having become king by his own hand). More

Posted by Russ Whitfield at 13:32 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Days of High Adventure Returns!
urn of The King More

Posted by JohnMcClane81 at 13:53 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

The Days of High Adventure Returns!
At Last....the one and only Conan incarnation is back.....let's hope Milius climbs on board...or Ridley!!!! More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 14:36 on 28 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
L: DustyOR Kind of long in the tooth to be doing a remake........ o you not READ the stories you comment on?! A) It's about Old Conan. B) It's not a bloody remake, it's a bloody sequel. More

Posted by Osric at 11:40 on 28 October 2012 | Report This Post

Kind of long in the tooth to be doing a remake........ More

Posted by DustyOR at 23:47 on 27 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: COULD BE WORSE.....
The Jason Momoa remake must have been really shit. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 22:49 on 27 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: COULD BE WORSE.....
One word. Kickass. More

Posted by The Disciple at 20:33 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

COULD BE WORSE.....
But there again anything would be an improvement on that Mamoa balls up....Arnie is the right age for this - and who knows? He might surprise us..... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 19:02 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

Conan, He-Man and Thor 2 for a bicep filled summer of 2014!! Wahoo!!
This news is beyond amazing. Only last week I was ranting about how the 2011 movie was damaging for the Conan brand and was only dreaming that Arnie would pick up the Atlantean sword once more! :) He-Man and Conan and Thor for 2014. That's a bicep filled summer right there!! More

Posted by Big Red at 16:48 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

This news is beyond amazing. Only last week I was ranting about how the 2011 movie was damaging for the Conan brand and was only dreaming that Arnie would pick up the Atlantean sword once more! :) He-Man and Conan and Thor for 2014. That's a bicep filled summer right there!! More

Posted by Big Red at 16:43 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

Conan the Train Spotter
Awful idea, the second film was rubbish and I could not bring myself to watch the remake, might as well make Conan the Train Spotter. More

Posted by ODForrest at 12:39 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

I Can't wait.
This is the best movie news I have heard for ages. I agree with the above comment bring back Milius to direct it or Walter Hill Maybe?? More

Posted by Odgers at 11:59 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

I Can't wait.
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Posted by Odgers at 11:57 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: WOW
L: jackcarter Arnie doing Conan again after the failed remake is crazy (in a good way obviously) has this ever happened before? a series being rebooted only then a sequel made after the reboot failed? the closest i think of is Connery going back to Bond after Lazeby (but then OHMSS wasnt a reboot) outh will be back for Superman Returns Again if MOS failson't even joke about that!!! More

Posted by musht at 11:45 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: YES!!!! Woo Hoo!!!
The fast&furious movies are effective enough at what they're supposed to be doing - i'd be more worried if someone with a sense of gritty meaningful gravitas was picking up the pencils personally. More

Posted by djezz at 10:41 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Yay let's do a sequel to all of Arnies old films with him as the same character only ancient. Lets wait and see if his Walking Tall remake tanks first. More

Posted by UTB at 08:42 on 26 October 2012 | Report This Post

Yeah why not More

Posted by baseballfuries22 at 23:53 on 25 October 2012 | Report This Post

WOW
Arnie doing Conan again after the failed remake is crazy (in a good way obviously) has this ever happened before? a series being rebooted only then a sequel made after the reboot failed? the closest i think of is Connery going back to Bond after Lazeby (but then OHMSS wasnt a reboot) maybe Routh will be back for Superman Returns Again if MOS fails More

Posted by jackcarter at 23:46 on 25 October 2012 | Report This Post

YES!!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Brilliant! In your face Momoa! (I like him really.) Now let's get Milius back in the director's chair and this will be the best movie news I've heard all year. The only fly in the ointment is that numpty from the Fast & Furious movies writing the script... More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi at 23:44 on 25 October 2012 | Report This Post


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