Oct 26 2012 11:15am

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Return as Conan the Barbarian

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Return as Conan the Barbarian

Deadline is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return to his role as Conan the Barbarian in new movie The Legend of Conan, debuting in summer 2014, a time that surely will be fondly remembered as “the Shirtless Summer.”

Deadline reports, “Writer/producer Chris Morgan has hatched the story and might write the script. The caveat is that the studio wants The Legend Of Conan for summer 2014,” continuing in what is possibly the finest statement committed to the English language, “and Morgan might not be finished writing the seventh Fast And Furious installment by then.”

Diesel versus Schwarzenegger. These are the battles that ensue within the mind of Chris Morgan. Oh to be privy to those tremendous plains.

All joking aside, the report revealed that this film will take up with Conan as he was at the end of the first Schwarzenegger Conan film, “on the throne as a seasoned warrior. 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 will ignore the second Schwarzenegger film, as well as last year’s Conan reboot starring Jason Momoa.

From Morgan, “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.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Return as Conan the Barbarian

Added Morgan, “Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.”

Stubby the Rocket will, Mr. Morgan. Stubby the Rocket will. Crom!

1. tigeraid
I don't recall Conan ever being a Viking. Or having any aspirations about Valhalla.

I hope this dude isn't writing the script.

But I will watch anyway, just to hear the lamentations of the women.
2. Classic Appa
Why does everyone want to dis Conan the Destroyer? I love that movie.
3. Jeff Walsh
Maybe Vin Diesel steals a dolorian and it turns out to be a time machine. He punches it to get away from the cops, hits 88 mph, and is flung backwards in time to Conan's age. He arrives at the footsteps of Conan's castle is captured and has to fight Conan to get his car back. It can be called -- Conan the Furious
Grady Hendrix
4. GradyHendrix
I'm psyched about this! John Milius has had a King Conan: Crown of Iron script circulating for years, focusing on a middle-aged Conan full of regrets over his life and in conflict with his estranged son. This won't reference that (different studios) but the idea of a middle-aged Conan is a great one, and Milius's project had been chewed over by so many directors (from Boaz Yakin to the Wachowskis) that it was pretty bizarre at this point (including a part where Conan is killed and resurrected as a zombie). A fresh start is probably a great idea.
Bill Stusser
5. billiam
Please, just, no. This is a bad idea. Arnold has done more damage to the character of Conan than good. The statement that Conan is a mythic nordic viking guy is proof of that. How about the next person to make a Conan movie actually reads an REH Conan story or two?
6. Joe Heron
but no more Mako Iwamatsu, Conan isnt the same without his iconic naration...
Peter Tijger
7. Peter-Tijger
First reaction? WTF??!?!?!

Really, I never saw this one coming. Either this will be one of the coolest things ever, or it will be ridiculously.........well...ridiculous. And I'm definitely hoping for the first. This could work, if handled well. Arnie will have to seriously pump some iron again to get in his best shape he can at his age. But the man is capable enough for it.

And yes, the movie needs much lamentations of women....that's half of the success of this movie. :P
Matt Wright
8. matty42
All I can think about is the opera/musical version out there on YouTube...
pete hindle
9. petehindle
I guess Conan's tenure at Dublin's Trinity University must have come to an end. I look forward to seeing how Dr Conan T. Barbarian integrates his studies into post-academic life.
10. Al Harron
I don't recall Conan ever being a Viking. Or having any aspirations about Valhalla.
Howard's Conan, no. Milius' Conan, however, was clearly Viking-inspired, and Valhalla did feature in his people's mythology.

Think of it as like the difference between American Godzilla and Toho Godzilla.
j p
11. sps49
Robert E. Howard wrote about King Conan. How about using him as a source?
Jack Flynn
12. JackofMidworld
@ Jeff Walsh - throw in some Deadites & a chainsaw and you can call it Army of Diesel
13. build6

O.M.G. That. Is. AWESOME!!!!!
Mike Conley
14. NomadUK
Wow. I can't count the number of times I've seen the original. Or the number of times I wish I hadn't seen the second one (which was just so amazingly awful). And I know a priori the number of times I wll ever watch that new thing with what's-his-name.

Here's praying to Crom for lucky number 3. And if he does not listen, then to hell with him.
Ron Garrison
15. Man-0-Manetheran
I'm sure Maria thinks him qualified to be a barbarian.
Peter Tijger
16. Peter-Tijger
Probably.....she'll be shrivering while watching the movie.

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