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Amazon developing Conan the Barbarian TV series

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Feb 5, 2018

Amazon is continuing its big move into the fantasy genre, praise Crom.

According to Deadline, Amazon is currently developing a Conan the Barbarian television series, inspired by Robert E. Howard's famous novels.

The series, which is being billed as Conan, is the brainchild of several known names within sci-fi and fantasy. Colony co-creator Ryan Condal is pulling triple duty as show creator, writer, and executive producer. Game of Thrones and Altered Carbon alum Miguel Sapochnik is attached to direct, and The Handmaid’s Tale's Warren Littlefield will also reportedly serve as an EP. 

"Conan retells the classic character’s story via a return to his literary origins. Driven out of his tribal homelands, Conan wanders the mysterious and treacherous world of civilization where he searches for purpose in a place that rejects him as a mindless savage," writes Deadline.

The character, which was originally created by Howard back in 1932, has appeared in several live-action adaptations -- including two films featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular hero in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and one with Jason Momoa in 2011. A follow-up film was announced in 2012, but later scrapped in favor of what was then the possibility of a potential TV show.

With Conan, Amazon appears to be continuing its venture into big-scale fantasy offerings. The company is currently producing a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga, and its historically based fantasy show Britannia, which premiered on Jan. 18.

What do you think about a Conan show on Amazon? Will Crom be pleased?


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