Arnold Schwarzenegger is undoubtedly an icon of cinema. The Austrian Oak has been headlining epic films and coining iconic catchphrases for the better part of four decades. And while he is likely to return to the Terminator franchise, the future doesn't look too promising for his future involvement in any Conan the Barbarian or Predator films.
Crom, Help Us!
After years of anticipation, it seems that the long-awaited sequel to Arnie's iconic Conan franchise will not be moving forward at Universal. The Legend Of Conan was due to serve as a follow-up to 1982's Conan The Barbarian and its 1984 sequel Conan The Destroyer.
While a third film was never made, the franchise was rebooted in 2011, starring Jason Momoa as the titular warrior. However, it was both a critical and commercial failure. And it wasn't long before interest in the original film series increased, as The Legend Of Conan would have see Schwarzenegger return to one of his most famous roles.
However, despite significant interest from Arnie himself, it now seems like that won't be happening either. Chris Morgan, one of the screenwriters involved in the project, was asked if he had any updates about the film's development during an interview with EW focused on the latest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. Here's what Morgan said:
"At the end of the day, the studio decided that they weren't gonna make that. I gotta say, it’s honestly a heartbreak. I love that first movie so much, so much, it’s one of my favorite movies. We had Will Beall do a draft on [the Legend of Conan script]. He killed it. Our take was Conan, 30 years later, a story like the Clint Eastwood Unforgiven. It was so awesome. Ultimately, the budget was big, the studio was not really sure of the title and the relevance in the marketplace. They ended up letting it go. I think they’re gonna look to do a TV show or something with it. But just to be associated with it, pitch it to Arnold, have him get so excited, there was a moment of magic for me, personally [laughs]. You never know, down the road we may revisit!"
The most disappointing thing about Morgan's comments is that The Legend Of Conan sounds like it would have been a worthy conclusion of the iconic story. Fans of the franchise were hoping to see a long awaited "#KingConan" story on the big screen that would have focused on the aging warrior, much like films Unforgiven or this year's Logan. But unfortunately, it might never materialize.
While the idea of a Conan TV series could definitely be interesting, it's unlikely that Arnold would return. Having said that, we have seen a number of movie stars transition to TV for a limited series on cable or streaming services. Perhaps Arnie could do it with one of his most famous characters? It's certainly a better alternative to yet another reboot.
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If It Bleeds, He Won't Be Killing It
When we all found out that Shane Black would be directing The Predator, many of us hoped that Schwarzenegger would return to the franchise. Then it was rumored that the two had meetings about it. However, unfortunately it doesn't seem like those meetings were successful.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies about his upcoming film Aftermath, Arnie was asked about the reboot and stated:
"They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered. So I’m not going to do that, no. Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that."
Schwarzenegger portrayed the role of Major Alan "Dutch" Schaeffer in the 1987 original. While the character was referenced in Predator 2, we have yet to see him appear on screen again. Thus, it's unfortunate that The Predator will not be able to bring the legend back in. Hopefully one day Dutch will "get to the choppah" and return to the franchise.
It's definitely unfortunate that we won't get to see Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise his role in either franchise. Conan made him a star, and he subsequently brought that star power to #Predator. Thus, it's sad that he won't be able to add to either of their legacies in the foreseeable future. Let's hope that this changes someday!
Were you hoping to see The Legend Of Conan come to life on the big screen? Are you still hopeful to see Arnie take on another Predator? Let us know in the comments below!