Universal confirmed that it is moving forward on The Legend of Conan, as the new movie will be titled (with a planned release in 2014). The project arrives as the latest splashy star vehicle for the Governator, who inhabits a small part in two Expendables films, will be next seen as a small-town sheriff battling a drug cartel in The Last Stand, set for release early next year, and is currently filming Ten, a David Ayer-directed thriller in which he portrays a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.
Schwarzenegger’s 1982’s classic, Conan the Barbarian, helped make him a star. With the right script and production, The Legend of Conan has the potential to put both Arnold and Conan back into full glory.
Legend of Conan producer Chris Morgan — a screenwriter whose credits include Wanted and four of the films in the Fast & the Furious franchise — told Deadline that the new movie won’t shy away from the fact that Schwarzenegger is now a bona fide senior citizen and even compared the upcoming film to a certain Clint Eastwood old age western.
“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,” Morgan said. “We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.”
Tough Guy Wisdom author, Alain Burrese, says, “This is a movie I’m really looking forward to!”