Arnold Schwarzenegger and ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Are Back In Action 

ALTArnold Schwarzenegger is bahhhhk…but for a different 80s movie franchise entirely. According to Deadline, the 65-year-old will oil up for another Conan the Barbarian film with Universal Pictures. The Legend of Conan will feature Schwarzenegger “in one of his signature roles as Robert E. Howard’s mythic barbarian.” (Anyone else sort hoping The Legend of Conan would have been about this one?) 

As Fredrik Malmberg, one of the producers on the project, relayed to Deadline, “The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. 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.” 
Malmberg, who revealed that The Legend of Conan will pick up where the 1984 original left off, added, “We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.” (Now there is a visual for you, Clint Eastwood.) 
The project — which Malmberg and co-producer Chris Morgan said likely won’t involve the star of 2011’s reboot flop Conan, Jason Momoa — is expected to have a summer of 2014 release. Schwarzenegger said of his return to the series that made him a mega-star, “I always loved the Conan character and I’m honored to be asked to step into the role once again. I can’t wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story.”
No matter how you feel about seeing a much older Schwarzenegger slapping on the loin cloth again, the action star/tabloid fodder/politician/author back may just be the key to a successful update. Aside from last year’s Schwarzenegger-less, the Terminator saga suffered with the lack of Ah-nuld. Still not happy? Well, he’s got something to say to you about that:


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