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Arnold is going to be Conan the Barbarian

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Posted by: Lance Liebl

Arnold is going to star in another Conan the Barbarian film. Forget the 2011 reboot, which should be pretty easy considering how bad it was. Forget the Conan the Destroyer sequel. This Conan revival is The Legend of Conan and it picks up right after the events of the first film.

"The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior," say producer Fredrik Malmberg, "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 script is being worked on by Chris Morgan, and it is expected to be released in 2014, but there's still no director attached to it. Morgan said:

After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me. Robert E. Howard's mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche to Atilla the Hun was layered in the original film. People say, he didn't speak for the first 20 minutes of the film, but that was calculated in depicting this man who takes control of life with his own hand.

This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn't touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film.

How does Arnold feel about all this? He was quoted saying, "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."

The next step will be getting a director if they want to keep that 2014 release. After that, how about a Red Sonja remake?

You can follow Movies and Culture Editor Lance Liebl on Twitter @Lance_GZ. He likes talking sports, video games, and the stupidity of celebrities. Email at LLiebl@GameZone.com

[Source: Collider]

Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Conan the Barbarian

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