Conan the Barbarian was the launch pad for the film career of former bodybuilder and future California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The1982 swords-and-sandals fantasy, based on the works of Robert E. Howard, was either epic or epically bad, depending on your taste. Schwarzenegger has had plans for a sequel for some time. Now these plans are taking shape.
According to Screenrant, Schwarzenegger and c-producer Chris Morgan are actively seeking a director for the film, currently titled Legend of Conan. The film already has a completed script, courtesy of Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) and Morgan (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift).
Schwarzenegger, who spoke at the “Experience with Arnold Schwarzenegger” event in Edinburgh and Birmingham, told audiences:
“Conan the Conqueror, where I’m sitting on the throne for years and years – decades, and then all of the sudden, the time comes when they want to overthrow me. So that story WILL be told and that movie WILL be done.”
Co-producer Frederick Malmberg said,
“Yes, Chris Morgan and I are meeting with directors at this moment. Interest is high, many are fans of Conan but we are not rushing. We have a great script and now we need the right director for the job.”
While waiting for news of the upcoming movie, fans of Robert E. Howard’s excellent work can download the free-to-play MMO Age of Conan (with new Conan-related adventure in 2016); read the Dark Horse comics; and play some Hyoborian-based games. Better yet, we can read Conan’s adventures on Project Gutenberg.
Whaddya think? Would you like to see King Conan on the throne after crushing his enemies, having them kneel before him, and hearing the lamentation of their women?