Holy Crom! Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the role that made him a huge movie star, Conan the Barbarian, in The Legend of Conan for Universal Pictures.
Deadline reports that Schwarzenegger is going to reprise his role as the Cimmerian warrior in a film to be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and. Chris Morgan (screenwriter of Fast and the Furious and Wanted). Malmberg runs Paradox Entertainment, which controls the rights to the Robert E. Howard character, and produced 2011’s Conan the Barbarian in 3D, starring Jason Momoa.
“The caveat is that the studio wants The Legend of Conan for summer 2014, and Morgan might not be finished. writing the seventh Fast and Furious Installment by then,” Deadline claims. “If that happens he will be a very active producer, because this is Morgan’s dream project.”
The Legend of Conan will only adhere to 1982’s Conan the Barbarian and forgetting that Conan the Destroyer or t he Momoa reboot ever happened. “The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” Malmberg informed Deadline. “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 l ast cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”
Schwarzenegger added, “I always loved the Conan character and I’m honored t
o 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.”
Before he became governor of California and the 2011 reboot, Schwarzenegger was attached to reprise the role of Conan for the aborted King Conan: Crown of Iron, which would have seen Conan the Barbarian‘s John Milius return to script and direct. It would have had the elder Conan dealing with his grown son Kon (a role that Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Triple H all reportedly coveted).