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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Going To Play Conan The Barbarian Again


Look, I’m just gonna say it. Someone needs to shoot Arnold Schwarzenegger with some elephant tranquilizers and give him an intervention. The 65-year-old actor is going to reprise his role as Conan the Barbarian in a new film. This is just…I have no words. No wait, I do. BY CROM!

Deadline reports the former Governor of California is set to take the lead in a new film titled The Legend of Conan. This reunites Schwarzenegger with Universal Pictures, the studio which helped launch his career with the first Conan the Barbarian film in 1982.

“The film will be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan. Malmberg is CEO of Paradox Entertainment, which holds the rights to Conan,” writes Deadline. “Morgan is the Universal-based writer and producer whose credits include the last four Fast And The Furious films, along with Wanted and 47 Ronin. Morgan has hatched the story and might write the script.”

They’re looking at a Summer 2014 release date. Schwarzenegger had this to say, “I always loved the Conan character and I’m honored to be asked to step into the role once again.”

So how is this all going to work exactly?

“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” said Malmberg. “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.”

Should we be saying the same about Schwarzenegger? I’m not saying he’s not still in great shape, I’m just saying, maybe he should stop trying to stay relevant and just retire from action films. It was tough accepting him back as the Terminator and The Expendables franchise is at least a different animal, it’s all older action stars, but can Schwarzenegger be taken seriously as a headlining action hero these days?

Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa inherited the Conan role in the 2011 reboot. He was great in the role but the film failed to become a hit. He’s not expected to play a part in the new film. In fact, The Legend of Conan is going to take place directly after the first Conan, ignoring its sequel.

“After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me. Robert E. Howard’s mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche to Atilla the Hun was layered in the original film,” said Morgan. “This movie picks up Conan 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.”

Are you convinced or do you share my mind-set on this whole thing?

(via Topless Robot)

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  • http://www.spaceunicorn.net Jayme

    A Conan that has made it into old age? Yeah, I’d probably watch that. As long as he’s reunited with Valeria in the Cimmerian equivalent of Valhalla.

  • TheBoost

    Best movie news I’ve heard in a long time!

  • Anonymous

    An intervention is necessary…

  • http://www.spaceunicorn.net Jayme

    But what do I know? I also LOVE Red Sonja.

  • joshua barsody

    Although I am looking forward to this, Conan wasn’t a viking, he was Cimmerian, and his god was Crom. As for him getting old- read Hour of the Dragon. Also if they want an unbelievable Conan movie- simply make Tower of the Elephant with Momoa. An adaptation as close as possible- the stories resonate because they are GOOD, stick to them and people will love them.

  • http://www.mygeekygeekyways.com Starman

    Bad. This is going to be cheesier than Red Sonja.

  • http://twitter.com/sylvanfire Angie Willerton

    I thought there was a Conan series when he was an older king!?! If so then that would totally work, if not…. I have no words LOL.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who found Momoa’s reeealy boring as Conan? I thought he was charismatic and physical in Game of Thrones, so I actually decided to follow up on the Conan movie; very dull.

  • Anonymous

    He was 45 in “The Hour of the Dragon,” and age didn’t really play that much of a role in the story, certainly not to the extent they’re going for here.

  • Anonymous

    In this movie, the Cimmerian equivalent of Valhalla would be… Valhalla. The original stories are another matter.

  • Anonymous

    Hear the lamentations of the women…! But seriously, I’ll still totally watch it.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve been working on some variation on King Conan for decades: this is probably one of the few Arnold vanity projects that isn’t ridiculous. It’s a plot thread that’s been hanging for 30 years, ever since the first film ended with that grey-bearded older Conan on his throne. It makes sense for an older Arnold story, certainly more than Terminator or Expendables, since the entire thrust of the plot is about a once fit and strong barbarian having to deal with old age.

  • Anonymous

    What’s the harm in making a sequel that sounds kind of dumb, to a movie that was kind of dumb?

  • eurus25

    that is the best news ever!! I always said arnold should play a older conan he be great as the king conan. Now he need to get back in shape and he will im sure he did it for T3 so im sure he will do it for Conan. Hope the story is going to be good. I think Arnold is doing a great thing by being conan again:p

  • joshua barsody

    taranaich- true about the age, but I believe with the RIGHT people, this movie COULD be really good. Won’t hold my breath because Hollywood has been pretty good at ruining movies lately.

  • Anonymous

    Conan the Sextagenarian.

  • http://shiftercat.livejournal.com/ ShifterCat

    Perhaps he should play Discworld’s Cohen the Barbarian.

    …No, he wouldn’t do that role justice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003037095323 Jerilyn Nighy

    Since Cimmeria is a slant-world Celtic culture, probably Tír na nÓg or Annwvyn would be a more suitable otherworld/slain warrior’s reward than Valhalla.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angel.santiago.1253 Angel Santiago

    I am so happy finally there makin a conan that continues where the first one left of and wit Arnold . I jus hope they don’t kill it wit to many special effects and keep it raw and bloody.

  • david

    arnold is still the best for the part as conan he is still young enough to play conan just needs to workout some get in shape he is only 65 not 80