There's some pretty exciting news coming out from production of upcoming epic The Legend of Conan... Arnie's back, baby! Yep, after hearing some rumors back in July that "the constellation is aligning" for Schwarzie to play a slightly aged Conan in the scheduled-for-2015 movie, we've now got a much better basis for Arnold fans to hope to see the iconic warrior return for a revamp of the franchise.
Producer , who recently had announced that the script would be penned by the team behind the latest editions of the Fast & Furious saga, now provided an exclusive update to TheArnoldFans.com stating:
Arnold is following the development closely [of 'The Legend of Conan'], and he is very involved with the story development at this stage.
No one better than the original Conan to contribute to the early development stages! Malmerg added:
He [Schwarzenegger] would go straight from filming 'Terminator' to the 'Conan' set. The top creative team is working very hard to deliver a great story. Things are looking good and we have a fantastic support from Universal Studios.
Now, some could be forgiven for thinking that Arnie, at the tender age of sixty-six, cannot possibly assume the role of a sculpted Bronze-Age sword & sorcery hero. Wrong! Here's what the two-term ex-governor of California (side note: thank Crom he's gone back to acting) has to say to those who doubt his physical prowess:
Age doesn't mean anything to me, because I work out every day. I work out twice a day, as a matter of fact. At night I work out with weights, and in the morning I do cardiovascular training. So for me, to get on the set and to swing the sword around again and to ride the horses and all those things doesn't mean anything [does not scare me], because I feel like I did thirty years ago. So as long as I stay in shape, that's the key thing, and to keep your body young. Even though you do feel the pain when you wipe out and when you do your fight scenes and you get more sore and the body doesn't come back as quickly and all this... but just grind through it, you know? That's what it's all about!
Let's hope he ain't bluffing, because I'm sure hordes of fans can only picture the Austrian Oak as the Conan. In any case, he must have done some serious workout in the past months to shape up from this:
Ah, well. If anyone knows how to lift weights and do cardio, it's probably the seven-time Mr. Olympia winner.
What do you think? Can a retirement-aged Arnie still play a convincing Conan? Or is it time to pass the torch on to the younger muscle-bound generation? Let us know in the comments below.