Arnold Schwarzenegger to Reprise Barbarian Role in THE LEGEND OF CONAN Reboot

     October 25, 2012


Just minutes after we reported on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new look in David Ayer’s Ten, we get word that the former Governor will return to his roots in The Legend of Conan.  The reboot comes from Universal, which has worldwide rights on the film.  The studio launched the original film in 1982 with Schwarzenegger as Robert E. Howard’s mythic barbarian.  The property hit a bit of a snag with the 2011 reboot Conan the Barbarian with Jason Momoa at Millenium Films, but Universal has high hopes for the new project.  Hit the jump for more including the expected storyline of The Legend of Conan.

arnold-schwarzenegger-conan-the-barbarianDeadline reports that Universal and Schwarzenegger are reuniting to bring Conan back to life.  The reboot will be produced by Fredrik Malmberg, CEO of Paradox Entertainment, and Universal’s writer and producer, Chris Morgan.  Morgan cracked the story and may write the script, but the studio wants the picture on screens in summer of 2014.  He previously wrote the screenplay for The Fast and the Furious 6 and has the job for the seventh installment, but may not be finished writing it up by the time Conan roles into production.

On the story front, The Legend of Conan is tied directly to the original, skipping over both the Schwarzenegger sequel and the Momoa misfire (Momoa is not expected to be involved in The Legend of Conan).  As Malmberg put it:

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

The film is a dream project for Morgan, who had this to say:

“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. People say, he didn’t speak for the first 20 minutes of the film, but that was calculated in depicting this man who takes control of life with his own hand. 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. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.”

conan-the-barbarian-arnold-schwarzeneggerThe story that they’ve come up with and the passion they’re bringing to the table are both promising for a reboot.  A note of concern comes with whether or not the studio will pursue a hard R rating.  Morgan again comments:

“I loved the choices they made in that film. You start with the wholesale slaughter and death of Conan’s village at the hand of the warlord played by James Earl Jones, and you see young Conan chained to a wheel as he becomes stronger. Then he’s a pit fighter, and later basically a stud bull before he meets the first kind person of his life, who lets him go. All of that horrific stuff happened for a reason, and then an act of kindness sends him on his journey. Will that level of violence be there? Absolutely, but only if it serves a character who lives by that barbarian law of the wild, who is capable of extreme violence and rage, but who 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.”

And you can’t have a Conan story without hearing from the man himself.  Scharzenegger was quoted as follows:

“I always loved the Conan character and I’m honored to 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.”


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  • tarek

    I dreamed of that day.

    Hopefully this will erase from my memory the dreadful reboot with Momoa the barbarian with dreadlocks.



  • Cpt. Hindsight

    Haha! April fools!!! Good one, ya got me. Wait…its October. This is real? U mean to tell me I’m getting the EXACT Conan sequel I’ve wanted since I was 10 years old?!! This must be a ruse. I’ve wanted King Conan for over 20 years! If done right it could be really special. I still have yet to watch the newer Conan with Khal on the grounds it took a steamy shit on my childhood from the looks of the trailer. Any period type setting with rock guitars playing while they slaughter each other is just slaughter without the S!

  • Charlie

    I turned off the remake after 20 minutes. The acting and script were SO bad I just couldn’t finish. Plus I couldn’t stop staring at Momoa’s perfectly waxed eyebrows. WAXED EYEBROWS! On a fucking Bronze Age barbarian!

  • murdernexxus

    ILL BE BACK, KROM! this is arnolds dark knight returns. best news in a long time

  • KingSly

    This news is outstanding news! Cannot wait for 2014! Super mega insane pumped about this. The way it sounds it is going to be the best movie it can be. The fact that Schwarzenegger has aged, the fact that this is about an older conan…the fact it was compared to unforgiven…just sends my mind racing for potential. The guy writing it…that is the only part that makes me a little wary. Now, dont get me wrong, the fast and the furious was a great sequel flick…realy well done quite honestly. However, such a drastic change in subject matter could be dicey…

  • Nate

    Yeah, this has a ton of potential. King Conan headed into one last battle…


    Am I dead???
    Been waiting a lifetime for this to come true. Ahnuld is BAHCK!!!!!!
    Wonder if he’ll be hitting the gym with Sly?

  • jk

    Just give me a good story with some Nietzchean philosophy and I’m sold. And no goofiness! Take the material seriously, like Robert E. Howard envisioned it.

  • jk

    Just give me a good story with some Nietzchean philosophy and I\’m sold. And no goofiness! Take the material seriously, like Robert E. Howard envisioned it.

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  • Conan the Barbarian

    Ok this is the best thing ive heard all day. I love the idea. Arnold look liked such a badass sitting on the throne in the original conan in the beginning of the movie, what a great idea to bring him back as his older self. This has BIG potential.

  • Northern Star

    Why waste the absolutely golden opportunity of having Ahnold back for a new Conan movie by NOT bringing in John Milius to direct the ‘King Conan: Crown of Iron’ script he finished back in 2004 or 2005…?

    • tarek


      Unfortunately, we will miss the fabulous talent of Basil Poledouris. RIP.

      Who can score this movie and give it the Barbarian dimension ? Maybe James Newton Howard…

  • cedartreeradar

    thats great %%$$##@@n news scotty

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  • Matty

    Milius’ writing made the original special. Any other script and it doesn’t work half as well.

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  • lob Taylor

    I couldnt be happier at this news, I prayed Arnold will come back some day to erase the memories of Conan the Destroyer from my mind. I pray they skip the comic relief and go all out with a worthy Conan this time
    Arnold as Conan the Barbarian is up there in my top ten movies of all time.
    Jason Momoa was awful as Conan and the reboot sucked because the story and cast were terrible, He looked more like a metrosexual roided gymhead than a barbarian and he talked way too much!. And I like Jason Momoa an actor.

  • AS

    This is EXACTLY what they should have done in place of that silly mamoa film. And it makes perfect sense.

  • Willie

    Hell yeah!!!! Best news ever!
    Please, call Milius back! And make it PG-17!

  • mdfaraone

    Have any of you people actually READ the Robert E Howard stories ?, Jason Momoa was much closer to Howard’s literary creation than the Arnold version, and contarary to popular opinion Momoa did a good job as Conan, the problem with that movie was in the weak script and hack direction by Marcus Nispel. I would much rather see Momoa return under a good script and director and continue the franchise for many more movies than see Arnold’s flabby moobs and bad acting, he played Conan like a lumbering oaf 30 years ago, I’m sure his moves will look downright arthritic at his current age.

    • tarek

      Well… Momoa will do a good Conan for a Tv series. He doesn’t have the Ahnold charisma.

  • Pete

    What is best in life?
    To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, hear the lamentation of the women, and this news!

  • Pete

    Do you want to wait, I mean, live forever?

  • MicHaeL

    Man, you know, I had only seen the original movie a couple of years ago on DVD, and I grew to love it. It was one of those films that reinvigorated my appreciation for film-making.
    And when I saw the ending, the shot of Conan on the throne, I was instantly excited, because it felt like it was leading up to a sequel (as I read that it was supposed to be a trilogy), but then I was instantly disappointed because I already (by research) knew what they did to “The Destroyer” without even seeing it.
    Then for a long time I’d been wishing that it all didn’t go that way and that they had finished the trilogy with the same people that worked on the first.
    Unfortunately it just didn’t go that way, and it was probably especially hard to get sequels and trilogies done in those days.

    When the recent movie came out, or even when announced, I was really disappointed and afraid that it would just really be over, although I already thought it would have been too long since the first movie to get a fitting sequel (or two) anyway.
    On one side I’m excited to hear this news, especially since they will even completely ignore any movies made after the first.

    But then I’m also worried, for one thing, that the story and such might just not be right.
    I don’t understand why John Milius isn’t attached to this, at least for the writing, cause he obviously had a big hand in this film and its story.
    I mean, how are they going to make a continuation if none of the original writers are involved?

    And also, maybe even more importantly, that they probably will never get the same charm and feel of the first film.
    Cause for example, it wasn’t the highest budget movie and it also has that “old” charm to it.
    If they’re going to use the best current technologies and such, it will already look way too “modern” compared to the first.
    Besides that, I’m very afraid they’ll put this very contrasty modernistic post-processing to the film.

    And last but not least, what will become of the soundtrack?
    Cause Basil Poledouris his score brought a lot of life and character to this film.
    And unless a great composer takes the essence of that score and puts it into a new one, you won’t get that back, and consequently leaving out a huge part of what made the first movie.

    So, I’m excited, but worried all around.

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  • Anonymous

    marissa schawrzenegger

  • marissa opersko

    you up HE

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