The iconic barbarian warrior Conan made a return to the big screen in 2011, with Jason Mamoa portraying the character in Conan the Barbarian. With that movie flopping at the box office and Mamoa moving onto DC’s Aquaman, it seems that the original Conan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, plans to revisit the character.
As Screenrant reports, Schwarzenegger spoke at a recent Q&A event, in which he gave an update on the film. The project had been previously referred to as The Legend of Conan, but the Austrian star now stated that it was titled Conan the Conqueror. “I’m sitting on the throne for years and years–decades,” he said. “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.”
“It has been written and we are now looking for directors so this is a serious drive. [Producer] 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.”
Schwarzenegger also spoke about the issues of him playing such an action-packed role now that he is in his late 60s. “One of the advantages for when you train every day is not registering in the body the same with everyone else,” he explained. “Because when you stay in shape, you do turn back the clock. So I feel great and the last few movies that I’ve done, I’ve done many of my own stunts. So I am absolutely convinced that I can do the Conan movie and do the horseback riding, the sword fights, and all the fighting.”
Conan was created by fantasy writer Robert E. Howard in the early 1930s, and has featured in a wide variety of stories, novels, and comic books over the decades. Schwarzenegger first played the character in 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, which was a commercial hit and earned the former bodybuilding champion worldwide recognition. A sequel, Conan the Destroyer, followed in 1984.