Oct 26, 2012 04:14 PM EST
Schwarzenegger Reprising Famous Role in The Legend of Conan
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be starring in "The Legend Of Conan", an action film where he will reprise his role as Conan the Barbarian. The film will be released by Universal Pictures.
Producing the film will be Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan. Malmberg is the CEO of Paradox Entertainment, and they hold the rights to Conan. "The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make," said Malmberg. "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."
Chris Morgan said that they will skip over the story line with Jason Momoa in it, as well as the 1984 sequel that starred Schwarzenegger. "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. Think of this as Conan's Unforgiven."
Schwarzenegger commented, 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."