Universal is still moving forward with its Arnold Schwarzenegger-fronted Conan the Barbarian reboot, and the studio has now made a big step towards production by hiring a screenwriter for the pic. Deadline reports that Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center) has been tapped to pen the script for The Legend of Conan, which will see Schwarzenegger return as the titular king, focusing on his efforts to retain his throne as his reign comes to a close. The actor could use a hit, as all of his previous comeback attempts have failed to make a splash on the big screen.
Schwarzenegger’s upcoming films include the Sylvester Stallone prison break movie Escape Plan, David Ayer’s ensemble thriller Sabotage, and of course The Expendables 3. The actor is currently filming the zombie film Maggie.
We owe our thanks to screenwriter/producer Chris Morgan (Wanted), whose passion for bringing Conan the Barbarian back to the big screen also managed to convince Arnold Schwarzenegger to reprise the role. In the end, it was Morgan’s description of The Legend of Conan, as more of a “cultural catch-up” than a reboot, that got the 65-year-old Schwarzenegger interested in the project. The veteran action star has already appeared in both The Expendables films after leaving office and will next star in Kim Jee-woon’s actioner The Last Stand, followed by David Ayer’s drug enforcement flick, Ten; but The Legend of Conan offers something more than just a return to his former action-hero glory. Hit the jump to see what Morgan has in store for The Legend of Conan.
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.