Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as Conan. His physical condition and unforgotten acting skills seem to be good enough for Universal Pictures to sign a deal with the actor for new The Legend of Conan movie.
According to Deadline.com Universal Pictures has signed the ex- governor to star in the movie due for release in 2014. Exactly 30 years ago the role of the mythical barbarian launched the actor’s career in the movie business.
Two Conan movies released in 1982 and 1984 were the first Hollywood productions that made Schwarzenegger famous. He later starred in The Terminator movies which made him an international star.
Fast and the Furious films’ producers Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan are engaged in the new Conan movie production.
The Conan character was the brainchild of writer Robert E. Howard who created him in 1932. Screenwriter Edward Summer decided to develop the Conan stories into a film franchise and wrote a series of screenplays for these pictures. However they were never filmed.
The 1982 Conan the Barbarian by John Millius and Olivier Stone was Schwarzenegger’s first and the most successful appearance as the character. He returned in Conan the Destroyer in 1984.
"The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” producer Fredrik Malmberg told 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 last cycle of his life. He knows he'll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle," he says.
Last year Millennium Films attempted to revive the story of Conan on screen, however the reception of the film starring Jason Momoa was poor.