Last week, former body builder, film star and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told fans that he was still interested in turning the “Conan the Barbarian” films into a trilogy. He shared his intentions on the project while speaking at the “Experience with Arnold Schwarzenegger” event in Edinburgh and Birmingham.
The film, at one point set to be titled “The Legend of Conan” would bring the barbarian’s tale to an end, and relate his later years of ruling the Hyborian throne. During the interview, Schwarzenegger let slip that the film may be produced under a different yet familiar name, “Conan the Conqueror.”
“Conan the Conqueror,” said Schwarzenegger, “where I’m sitting on the throne for years and years; decades. And then all of the sudden, the time comes when they want to overthrow me. So that story will be told and that movie will be done.”
Not much else regarding the plot has been released. Though the film has been pushed back for some time, Schwarzenegger and others behind the project have said that progress is definitely being made.
Chris Morgan, best known as executive producer of “Furious 7” and as a writer for “Wanted” and “47 Ronin,” will be producing the new Conan movie. Morgan recently gave some insight as to what fans can expect from the new movie.
"When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life,” he said, “a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend and is now an older man. Think ‘Unforgiven’ with a sword-wielding barbarian."
“Conan the Barbarian,” was released in 1982, and is often pegged as the movie which launched Schwarzenegger’s career as a leading action star throughout the 80’s and 90’s. A sequel, “Conan the Destroyer,” was released in 1984, though it did not find as much success as its predecessor and was generally disliked by the fan base. Both films were relatively successful in terms of box office figures, though critics have hailed the series as either epic, or epic flops.
Conan did receive a re-boot courtesy of in 2011 starring Jason Momoa, though it performed poorly and received harsh reviews from both fans and critics.
The Conan universe is based on the writings of American novelist Robert E. Howard, who first developed the character in 1932 and introduced him in the pulp fiction magazine “Weird Tales.”
While the cultural impact of the franchise cannot be denied, the last few presentations of the classic fantasy series have left fans wondering if it was time to close the book on the beloved barbarian. Schwarzenegger and company believe there is more to be made.
With Schwarzenegger approaching the 70-year milestone, there are some who doubt he can handle such an active role, even if Conan himself is in his aged years. Schwarzenegger seemed very optimistic about playing the role believably, though. During the interview, he said he did not see his age being a restriction in his performance.
“One of the advantages when you train every day,” he said, “is that age is not registering in the body the same with everyone else. Because when you stay in shape, you do turn back the clock. So I feel great. I am absolutely convinced that I can do the Conan movie and do the horseback riding, the sword fights, and all the fighting.”
With the ball rolling on the movie, it seems as though Schwarzenegger may have to put his sword where his mouth his and once again strep on the furs and other accoutrements of a barbarian king.