It has been revealed, via Deadline, that Universal Pictures has plans to get Arnold Schwarzenegger to reprise his role of Robert E. Howard’s mythic Cimmerian warrior for ‘The Legend Of Conan.’
According to producers Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan, the new film will ignore the events of both the 1984 sequel that also starred Schwarzenegger and last year’s reboot starring Jason Momoa, and will tie directly into the John Milius-directed original.
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” Malmberg tells Deadline’s Mike Fleming. “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.”
Commenting on the project, Schwarzenegger said, “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.”