70-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to role of Conan in newly announced Legend of Conan movie

// October 26th, 2012 // Moves, TV, and Music News



Arnold Schwarzenegger will be returning to the role of Conan the Barbarian in Universal Pictures upcoming The Legend of Conan flick.  Schwarzenegger will be reunited with Universal Studios under the ‘supervision’ of Fredrik Malmberg as a producer, while Chris Morgan is likely in line to write the script.

According to producer Fredrik Malmberg, the story will pick up where 1992’s Conan the Barbarian left off.

“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.”

The film will apparently pretend the first sequel, Conan the Destroyer, never happened.

“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.”

The studio is shooting for a Summer 2014 release but admittedly, that may be a bit optimistic.  A 70-year-old Conan!  Hey, it’s Arnold!

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