Arnold Schwarzenegger said he'll be back and boy was he right. This summer he reprises the role that made him famous, as the unrelenting Terminator in Terminator Genisys and30 years later he's reprising his role as Conan the Barbarian.
Legend of Conan got the green light from Universal Pictures and will star the Governator as everyone's favorite Cimmerian, and "at least three other characters from the original movie", according to producer Frederik Malmberg, who just acquired the rights to Robert E. Howard's entire catalog of stories, paying out $7.5 million.
Conan first appeared in 1932, in a series of stories, written by Howard for Weird Tales magazine. Although Howard committed suicide in 1936, he had created enough stories that pretty much developed the entire world of the fictional Hyborian Age, a time period in human history set just as mankind was evolving out of the prehistoric age.
Howard's stories were collected and reprinted in pulp novels of the 40's and 50's, and later gained popularity in comic book form in a series published by Marvel Comics in the 70's and 80's.
Marvel lost the rights shortly before John Milius' film adaptation of Conan, staring Schwarzenegger, which hit theaters in 1982. The film was a sleeper hit, giving birth to the sequel, Conan the Destroyer in 1984 and the spinoff Red Sonja in 1985. In the 1990's there were two short-lived animated TV shows and a live-action TV series which ran for 22 episodes.
In 2011 Malmberg produced the Conan reboot starring Jason Momoa (Batman vs Superman, Aquaman). This time around Malmberg is promising fans that the new production will be immersed in the world Howard created and the visual style presented in Frank Frazetta's "stunning artwork". He also wants to honor the Milieus film.
As for the story, Malmberg says that the overall tone is similar to the Eastwood film, Unforgiven, in that Conan will be dealing with the fact that he's getting older and that he can't hold on to power for much longer.