Arnold Schwarzenegger set for new Conan movie?

News Simon Brew 26 Oct 2012 - 06:59
Arnold Schwarzeneggar as Conan The Barbarian (1981)

It looks like Arnie is bypassing Terminator 5 and Twins 2 for the time being, to go back to the Conan franchise...

Since he returned to acting, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been linked with new sequels to at least three of his films. So, there’s been the mooted Twins 2, also known as Triplets, which may or may not add Eddie Murphy alongside Arnie and Danny DeVito. Then there’s the stuck in limbo Terminator 5, which shows little signs of budging right now. And finally, there’s been talk of a new Conan movie, which seemed the least likely, given how the Jason Momoa-headlined Conan flick tanked last year.

And yet it does appear as though Conan has found its way to the top of the pile. According to reports, Schwarzenegger is set to star in The Legend Of Conan, which will see him play the role for a third time. It’s going to pass over both Conan The Destroyer and the recent reboot, and instead follow what would have happened had the events of the original played out. It’ll be Conan nearing the end of his life, looking for a big battle again.

Chris Morgan has been mooted as a screenwriter for the project, and the plan appears to be have the film in cinemas for the summer of 2014. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about it…


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Milius' "King Conan" is already written! JUST USE THAT!!!

This could work. Arnie isn't ageing well so I think a new terminator film would look silly but if the Conan character is old and ravaged then would make sense.

Conan the pensioner?

Abso-flippin'-lutely on this one... John Milius continued on with 'King Conan: Crown of Iron' even after Arnie became Guv'nor of Californication (or something), he finished the script and secured funding for it to be shot in Turkey with the wrestler Triple-H taking on the title role, but with no big star in the lead role anymore, Warner Bros decided not to exercise their option to distribute, and that was all she wrote for the mighty Milius' true sequel to the original film.

if Ahnold is up for donning the loincloth and broadsword again, then BY KROM why would they not use Milius' finished script, hire Milius to direct it (who knows it better than he?), and get it done before the Austrian Oak gets too old for lopping heads off...

This is excellent news. The Terminator franchise, judging by recent outings, seems to have run out of good ideas and good directors. A sequel to "Twins" is as welcome as an outbreak of food poisoning. On the other hand, in Robert E. Howards original Conan tales, Conan did grow older as the stories continued. I just hope that, if Arnie does reprise the role, they give the picture a decent effects budget this time.

Can they CGI out cosmetic surgery for that more authentic barbarian look?

Conan's Father:
Fire and wind come from the sky, from the gods of the sky. But Crom is
your god, Crom and he lives in the earth. Once, giants lived in the
Earth, Conan. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they
took from him the enigma of steel. Crom was angered. And the Earth
shook. Fire and wind struck down these giants, and they threw their
bodies into the waters, but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of
steel and left it on the battlefield. We who found it are just men. Not
gods. Not giants. Just men. The secret of steel has always carried with
it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan. You must learn its
discipline. For no one - no one in this world can you trust. Not men,
not women, not beasts.

[Points to sword]

Conan's Father:
This you can trust.

Will he get to wear the crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow at last?

What's it called? 'Conan the Sexagenarian'?

Well, Conan who is now King was what I hoped we were going to get after the first one. So I'm hopeful. An older Conan is pretty much the only way Arnie can do it now. Fingers crossed.

So let me get this right. Mr Big Arn S, at the age of 65 is going to go back to another Conan movie????????? WTF?????????????? I love Arnold...I think he is great, funny, entertaining and his action films are the best of the genre. Predator, Terminators, Conan, Total Recall and so on...But is he really going to go back to a film series after more than 30 years, and expect to wear leather trunks and be bare chested etc at his age??? Given the fact that with the best efforts in the world, his body has aged and sagged and his muscle mass and defination is gone. He looks good for his age, but no where NEAR what he looked like in Conan. Sylvester Stallone just about got away with it in ROCKY at the age of 60. By the time this gets to screen, he is going to be about 67 / 68. He is too old. Its sad, but its true. Just like Harrison Ford in Indy, he is now going to look embarrassingly bad. Before anyone goes mad with me, I eagerly await his new films. I am looking forward to seeing him in Expendables 2 on Blu Ray, and I cant wait for The Tomb and The Last Stand. But looking at how he was in Expendables 2 I just cant see him stripped to the waist in Conan 3 swinging a big sword. Stallone stayed covered in a T Shirt Rambo 4, which I never understood as he looked fine in ROCKY. So whats Arnold going to do? Spend all of Conan 3 in a T Shirt? Or some sort of robe....or maybe armour. That might work I suppose. But he is still going to be too old. He has left it too long, like Harrison Ford. They will have to get a young man in to play the muscle role. Put it into perspective. Remember Roger Moore aged 57 in a View to a Kill? He looked old, tired and too old for the part. Now try to imagine Arnold in Conan 3 at the age of 66 / 67? Erm......Not a good thought is it. We dont need another Twins.. They could do another Terminator without him, but would have to do something new with it and I dont think they can come up with a good enough idea. I personally think he should look for something else and leave Conan alone. If the Tomb is good and so is the Last Stand, then that will be fair enough and great for him as an actor. But I really dont want to see another Conan with him aged 67 or so, its just going to look silly and Tarnish the originals.

My life is complete!

Let's think about this: If this goes ahead Conan's gonna be scarier than ever! Just imagine those big saggy man-boobs coming at you, you'd run a mile...

I just think it's to late to do a Conan 3. The time to have done it would have been in the 90s, when Arnie could still pass for a barbarian but now he just looks to old. The first Conan movie is one of my favourite films and I just feel they'll end up using CGI, instead of the incredible sets that they used back then. I'm happy to see Arnie produce new pieces of work rather than do sequels to his old pieces of work. However, I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to Last Action Hero directed by Shane Black - that is the exception.

holy smoke! this is great news! i love conan the barbarian :)

It doesn't matter what Arnold looks like, a true fan loves whatever Arnold is in. Like me :D

I think you guys don't know what some serious juice cycles can do. Yes, look at ol' sly.

It's doubtful that they will recapture the magic of the original.

a barbarian at age 60? THAT'S BAD ASS

Very excited about the movie. It has always been incomplete without the 3rd installment where he becomes king by his own hand.

However, this is an awesome opportunity for Arnold to promote senior citizen fitness. My grandfather, an athlete who played a full 60 minutes in the first Sugar Bowl, looked awesome even in his 70's. He had a muscular body and women would comment on how great his legs were. People can be in great shape in their 60's and 70's!

Arnold - don't let your body be as CGI-ed as Iron Man's suit of armor!!!! Be a role model and inspiration to baby boomers still trying to stay fit and be healthy. Work out hard - using only natural supplements - and show the world that seniors can look and feel awesome.

While you're at it, don't let them cast some 25 year old as your leading lady. Jane Fonda would be a poetic choice...

I hope this doesnt happen. Schwarzenegger did for Conan what Weissmuller did for Tarzan, ie, establish him in the popular mind as a musclebound idiot. Givee Momoa another crack, with a better script.

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