Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in New ‘Conan’ Trilogy?

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A decade may have gone by since Arnold Schwarzenegger put his acting career on hold to serve as governor of California, but the star – who made his return to headlining big-budget releases with this year’s The Last Stand – is showing no signs of pulling a similar hiatus in the near future.

Schwarzengger will next star opposite fellow old school action superstar Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan, but he’s also been confirmed or rumored for a slew of upcoming films as well. One in particular – The Legend of Conan – follows through on a long-held promise that audiences would one day learn how Conan took the throne.

It was assumed that this film would either serve as a one-off release to complete the trilogy started with Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer in 1982 and 1984, respectively, or act as a springboard, allowing another character (perhaps Conan’s son) to headline subsequent films. However, it appears that neither of these cases will come to pass.

According to The Arnold Fans, The Legend of Conan may instead be the starting point for a whole new trilogy starring Schwarzenegger in one of his most beloved roles as the famous barbarian-turned-king. The site caught up with Fredrik Malmberg, president and CEO of Paradox Entertainment – the current property holders of the Conan franchise – and got further details on the film’s status.

Here’s what Malmberg had to say:

“Oh, it’s happening. We have a great story. Everyone loves it. This is a role that’s perfect for [Arnold] and he’s very involved with the whole Universal team. It’s the best team they have. Arnold has been very instrumental to bringing this together saying, ‘We gotta make a good Conan!’ I think if we do this right, we can do two more ‘Conan’ movies right after. I think ‘Game of Thrones’ also shows a huge interest in fantasy. I’m psyched about it.”

Malmberg’s mention of Game of Thrones is certainly a timely one. The HBO series, along with big screen franchises like The Hobbit and Thor, prove a market exists for the kind of sword-and-sorcery style fantasy.

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However, the failure of the recent Conan the Barbarian reboot proves that the character may be a tougher sell to modern audiences, if not handled carefully.

“[The script is] by the whole ‘Fast and the Furious’ team, which is great for a power position of the studio because they’re extremely successful. It was the biggest movie, and if anyone knows how to build a franchise, it is that team. It’s Chris Morgan and Jeffery Kirschenbaum, the head of Universal. Arnold is very excited. It’s just in the phase where it takes a lot of work to get the script just right.”

As expected, the new film will be set after Conan’s rise to the throne but will focus largely on his return to the battlefield, Malmberg said.

“The idea is that this takes place after Conan has been king. But this is the legend of Conan where he has been gone and people say, ‘Do you remember the good ol’ days when Conan was around?’ And now it’s time for him to come back. In the stories and you can also see it when he’s sitting on the thrown and the narration on that last scene of the movie…’with a troubled brow’ …you can tell he’s not really happy being king. So, it’s time for him to go out and do battle.”

By the time The Legend of Conan hits theaters, Schwarzenegger will be nearing 70 years old. Nevertheless, Malmberg doesn’t think the actor’s age will affect the possibility of further Conan adventures.

“That’s what we hope. In fact Arnold – judging by other classic actors like Eastwood who’s in his 80s – still looks badass. I think if this film is good and is well received, then I don’t think we have to say ‘no’ to Arnold for several more movies. We can keep going forward, even after he ages.” 

As appealing as a new trilogy of Conan films starring Schwarzenegger might be, it does seem a bit ambitious, considering that the actor’s schedule is filling up fast. Add to that he is also set to return in Terminator 5 – which will reportedly kick off a whole new trilogy of its own – and it’s looking less likely that Schwarzenegger will manage to headline both action-heavy trilogies simultaneously.

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Should the star’s schedule truly only allow for one franchise, Conan seems to be the more suitable one. His role as the Terminator may already prove a stretch, as the actor has visibly aged since last portraying the “cybernetic organism” from the future. However, if he were to appear as the human basis for the T-800 (as long rumored), he could help bolster a new vision for the franchise’s future, perhaps led by Dwayne Johnson.

Are you looking forward to the idea of a new Conan trilogy, or should The Legend of Conan simply finish off the existing Schwarzenegger trilogy, allowing for sequels to focus on new characters instead? Let us know in the comments section below.


Last we heard, The Legend of Conan was slated for a 2014 release date.

Source: The Arnold Fans

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  1. This could be great. Don’t use the ‘Fast and the Furious’ writers as that sounds like a disaster in the making.
    Make sure the storyline is based on Conan in the latter stages of life…make sure that it is as near to an R rating as possible and make sure it echoes the feel of the original.
    The original managed to capture the almost stoneage feel of an early culture…it was sparse and arid and nomadic and it worked. It was also, originally, extremely violent and full of gore which helped to make the barbarism seem more realistic, unfortunately the recently released version have been so edited down that the fight scenes are missing some of the gloriously barbaric moments that made them fantastic to watch.
    Do it right or don’t do it.

    • There is nothing else to say after this here!

  2. Having read most of the Conan stories, I am a very big fan of the author and the character. I didn’t LOVE the latest film with Jason Momoa, but I thought it was ok and much closer to the written character and stories than the Arnold original, penned by Oliver Stone. I did prefer Arnold’s film though, but more as a High Fantasy moofy than a Conan tale.

    Conan is a vagabond. He travels all over the world randomly and helps people he meets in various ways, usually for his own interests. He works, he steals, and he settles down for a while before moving on. He is almost always on an adventure of some sort, looking for a place to build his own kingdom/empire. We have not had this in any film yet. We have always had one adventure taken from the works of Robert E. Howard and mixed with other elements, without the exploration side of his life and randomness of his encounters.

    I would much prefer a reboot or a retelling of Conan’s adventures. If Arnold is part of it and they want a new trilogy, fine. But have Arnold play King Conan, retelling his life story, maybe to his son, and have another actor play a younger Conan. And go through his entire life, maybe each film covering a period of his life, from youngling to adult to older, seasoned General, when he ceases a kingdom by becoming its King after chopping the head off of the evil tyrant Wizard ruling it (which happens in Howard’s work).

    It’s a great character with a rich story. And no, the writers of Fast and Furious are not good for this!

    • I think it’d be better if they finished this version of Conan first. Milieus/Stone’s Conan is like say Tim Burton’s Batman. It’s possible to later move onto another version of the character. I’d like the Conan stories approached more like the Bond series were they take on each individual story ‘The Tower of the Elephant’ etc. Of course as hard-R adult orientated fantasy not PG-13 family adventure movies.

  3. If they do it they better make sure the soundtrack is at least on par with the first movie.

    • So true. The music has to be on point. The old music moved the mood and tone of the old Conan films.

    • I whole heartedly agree on the sound track needing to be on par with the first Conan,…it is exceptional ! ! ! !

  4. If there is one man alive today who can re-awaken the Conan franchise it is Arnold! But, for this film to be a success, it must have a good script and excellent production.

    There really is no excuse for a bad story / script because the world of Robert E Howard is rich with material, including the time when Conan was a King.

    In regards production, there are hundreds of people out there who have recent experience working on successful fantasy films / TV…..hire them……as many as you can, from Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Game of Thrones. Do not hire people who have no experience or interest in fantasy film making.

    Do not forget to throw in some of music from the first film. I really do not think the music by Basil Poledouris will ever be bettered. Why try to better something so masterful? Turn it into a theme instead. I cannot think of one good reason why the film should not open with the same music as the original showing a montage of fight scenes explaining how Conan became King before the story unfolds.

    Understand this. The original Conan has stood the test of time is because it has no CGI……do not overload the new film with this. You will need to hire stuntmen as per the original.

    Follow these simple instructions and I promise you Conan will once again rule the fantasy film genre! If the producers at Universal do not listen…..then Crom will be most displeased with them!

    • Your so right. The original film and Howard’s stories were not filled with fantasy creatures. They existed sure, but were very low key. This helps to ground the franchise. I’d rather see a Conan film look like Braveheart or Gladiator than ‘Wrath of the Titans’ etc.

  5. I would love a Conan trilogy.

  6. I would really love to see a book end to the Schwarzenegger-Conan saga. Very similar to the original movie with a chronology at the beginning of how Conan took the throne then a plot ‘inspired’ by ‘Hour of the Dragon’ and ‘By This Axe I Rule’. Then with that complete it’s time to start over with a fresh new Conan, a Celtic Conan more faithful to Howard.

  7. If done exactly as the first Conan serious action no cheesy dialogue and rated r real violence and sword duals I think it would be a hit. If done like the second one goofy dialogue and characters made more for kids and toy lines I think it will flop. Good Luck and make it tough we don’t need cheese we need steak

  8. We need to see Conan king, old aged, telling a story to bard or a poet of some kind… there is much material in the books, so if you don’t give it to total idiots, you can not fail.

  9. This makes me very nervous…

    Every single movie from my childhood in the 80′s that has been brought back or redone in this modern era has been a disaster, without exception. Film makers today *CANNOT* capture the aesthetic and grittiness of films of the past. Not with CG replacing everything, watered down violence, studio meddling and a need to flood scripts with every possible reference they can shoe-horn in.

    I would dearly like to see this movie made properly, but what I don’t want to see is another Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull…which is exactly what I fear this could end up being.

    I guess I’ll just echo what others have said…it had better have a -fantastic- script and an even better director…but the people who did the Fast and the Furious working on a Conan movie? Really? That has disaster written all over it.

  10. Why not have conan have his own army and make former bodybuilders like lou ferigno , dorian yates a maybe jay cutler and other bodybuilders be his generals and have drinking, partying and tournament fighting with other kingdoms just for the first part of the movie and i forgot to mention the women and for the second half of the movie, warfare with giant monsters (dinosaur like creatures) and unfriendly kingdoms but have a just a swhole plot to the story, oh hell just let me write. and. direct this movie, cause you know there just gonna screw it up. Here’s an idea, let peter jackson write and direct it, he’s good with action and fighting cenes,

  11. I would love to see another Conan trilogy with Schwarzenegger ! I’ve been waiting for 30 yrs. plus for such a thing! The first Conan movie and it’s soundtrack is incredible and I still listen to it to this day ! Bring it on,….it’s a long time coming…Crom

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  13. Definatly continue the franchise with Arnie but a must is the conans atlantian sword (the one he found in the cave) must re appear in this film in all it’s glory. This sword is a part of Conan and must be his sword in the film. Unlike the stupid looking sword in the new Conan the barbarian which looked absolutely ridiculous. Scrap the farthers sword as it was broken and thrown of the snake temple in the original film but keep conans sword with him till the end. It’s a must!!