The classic, Robert E. Howard-inspired Conan the Barbarian flick essentially gave Arnold Schwarzenegger his start back in the early 1980s—and 30 years later, Ahnold is finally coming back.
Deadline is reporting that Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in a new Conan film that will serve as a sequel to the 1982 original, ditching the follow-up Conan the Destroyer and the recent reboot with Jason Momoa in the chronological canon.
The long-awaited sequel will be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan (Wanted), and Morgan said he considers this project the true sequel to the first film, which will essentially pick up in "real time" following the events of the original:
"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.The studio is shooting for a summer 2014 release date.
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."
What do you think about finally getting a proper Schwarzenegger Conan sequel after all these years?