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.

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

Source: The Arnold Fans

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  1. I am huge fan of Arnold.. Unfortunately, it is time to move on..

    • I strongly disagree. I sincerely believe that Conan was one of his best roles, although perhaps not in the best movie, and if done right, his aged Conan, finally a king, could be a big hit, even opening the door to a trilogy.

      • Conan the Emperor

        • If the first movie is successful, then that idea could work for a trilogy. He could have a succession of kings under him.

      • as long as these new movies are rated R, and not PG-13 like Conan the Destroyer was…

        • I agree, trying to prise an R rated story into a PG-13 would be a killer. Go the whole paegan, or leave it alone.

  2. This is just dumb…If it were merely trilogising the two previous movies, I would understand…mostly. Starting a NEW trilogy when we did not even get an OLD trilogy is (I repeat) dumb.

    • I’ve noticed you often like to belittle differing ideas and opinions, Archaeon. I, for one, look forward to Arnold reprising Conan, one of his most memorable roles. Granted, he should play his age, but I have no doubt that he will shape himself up for it. Physically, he’s bigger than Stallone, so he just needs to tone himself up, and being a former Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe, he certainly knows how to do it…

      • Jeff…

        You should learn to pay actual attention to my comments…you know–READ them, instead of simply assuming based on your own apparently extensive biases.

        I said NOTHING about Arnold’s age. I said that a film where he returns to the role would be fine…but that they should FINISH a trilogy before STARTING another trilogy.

        I do not belittle differing opinions; I WELCOME them. If I do not agree with someone, we discuss or debate those differences. At worst, we “agree to disagree”…Then, we move on. With you and your ilk, however, there is little discussion, for you believe yourself much more sure-footed than you actually are…and sometimes, you can simply be annoying when you bring your very clear political biases into discussions that have NOTHING TO DO with politics. At those times, I am happy to call you on such behavior.

        You’re welcome. :)

        • And there you go again.

          Rest assured, I feel likewise about you.

          • Your response to BOTH parts of mine makes little sense.

            Not surprising…

            • I don’t doubt that it makes little sense to you, Archaeon. Now feel free to have the last word, as you always seem compelled to do, and don’t forget to point out how biased and dumb I am. I laugh at little else so much as an internet bully and know-it-all, as the real person is often far from the projected image.

              • I already gave my last word on the OTHER thread where you were babbling. Here, I am quite happy to keep going…although I would prefer to discuss the topic at hand: Arnold taking up Conan’s sword once more…or three times more. You seem passionate about this subject…if only you had paid attention to my initial comment. Sigh.

                • You two are bunch of a….s….s….h….o…. etc

  3. Every time a bit of Arnie news comes out I can’t help but role my eyes!

    Don’t get my wrong I love Arnie, his movies were my childhood and still entertain me now! But his last decent movie was End of Days and that was a looooong time ago, The Last Stand was ok but I really can’t see his acting improving, all of these roles he’s taking just scream desperation, who really wants a T5 or Triplets or any other BS they can think of?

    Unless James Cameron announces he is making something with Arnie then he may as well bow out now IMO

    • Ken, I feel that way with some actors, and even with some recent Arnold films, but not with this film! Many believe Conan was one of his best roles, and with his charisma, physique, and accent, he is especially made for it. Conan is not Hamlet. Count me among those looking forward to it!

      • Kenneth, I can’t help but roll my eyes when other people say they role theirs.

        • I can roll my eyes while rolling joints.

      • Conan is probably better suited to Schwarzenegger’s phisique and charisma than The Terminator was and i for one, i’m excited about him playing King Conan.

  4. He better get two or three personal trainers and at least get reasonably fit again. He has to stop portraying tough guy roles when he is too flabby to fit the bill.

    • For what? To teach them one thing or two? Maybe even a bilion of them? You do know who Arnold Schwarzenegger is, right? And/or what he has done regarding bodybuilding and fitness, right? Right? lol

      • I’m guessing he only sees Arnold’s age and never really grew up with the man’s acting career or bodybuilding stuff.

    • For what? To teach them one thing or two? Maybe even a bilion of them? You do know who Arnold Schwarzenegger is, right? And/or what he has done regarding bodybuilding and fitness, right? Right? lol

  5. This is awesome. My friends and I have dreamed of a King Conan movie for years just thanks to that last scene in the original with him on the throne. We always imagined it would just be called ‘Conan, King’ but oh well.

  6. “[The script is] by the whole ‘Fast and the Furious’ team” Did not know this thing until now… lost all my hope about this movie…

    • If Arnie hadn’t become the Governator in 2003 we would have had a proper sequel to ‘Conan the Barbarian’ around 2004 or 2005… John Milius’ ‘King Conan: Crown of Iron’ script has been finished these last eight or nine years, why they’re not using that instead of getting the writers behind ‘Fast & Furious’ is beyond me!

      If it ain’t Milius, it ain’t Conan…

      • I think that would have been an excellent time for the closing of the trilogy. While the first two movies were not brilliant pieces of cinema (nor were they meant to be, of course), they WERE indeed a lot of fun. The early-to-mid aughts would have been a great time to see a matured Conan take his destined crown. At THIS point, I hope they show him already established on the throne…along with whatever conflicts will necessarily arise.

        I’m curious to see what develops…BUT I still think they should concentrate on just this movie and not worry about two (or ANY) others just yet…if ever.

        • I agree Archaeon. The trilogy concept is pushing it too far.
          Focus on one good capstone Conan film and close the book.

  7. No…just….no.

    • Yes…just…yes!

  8. It doesn’t really come down to whether the old movies were good or not.

    Arnold is just too old for this character, no matter how they write him into the equation. When Kevin Conroy is done playing Batman, it’s understandable if it’s because of his age. When Daniel Craig retires Bond, it will be bittersweet but at least he won’t pull a Sean Connery or Roger Moore and not understand that people don’t want a 007 who looks too old. When Bruce Willis ends John McClane, I won’t miss him but Die Hard fans will have to accept that it’s time to move on.

    Not only that, but this has ran it’s course. As did Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Back to the Future, Toy Story, etc. In times like this, I would prefer another reboot or a re-casting of Arnold.

    • Speak for yourself, I’d have been down to see Sean Connery keep playing James Bond into his 70s.

      • Plus how can Kevin Conroy stop playing Batman unless he feels it’s time to move on like Arleen Sorkin and Mark Hamill did? Voice actors are different.

      • If he aged well, perhaps. But I personally didn’t see the reason for “Never Say Never Again”, and I’m glad it’s not canon. “Diamonds Are Forever” was okay at best, but he should’ve just stopped there.

        • But he aged extremely well. That’s why he was a leading man and action hero well into his 70s and 80s (see: The Rock). Also, while I disagree with you about Diamonds (it knows what it is and it’s good at it) and mostly agree with you about Never, Connery was the best thing about those movies. He was legitimately excellent in Never Say Never Again.

          • Touché, perhaps Connery wasn’t the best example.

          • Sean actually was James Bond at age 75 in the video game
            James Bond 007: From Russia with Love (2005), a sample here:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4Ko5mnJgYg
            Listen for his dry martini, shaken not stirred after about 1:15

            • His Scottish accent is so thick in it though, I admire Connery for doing it but the accent is a bit much at times. Yes, Ian Fleming gave Bond a Scottish heritage after Sean Connery made his debut in “Dr. No”, but the character himself is in fact based mainly on Fleming who was British.

              Most people don’t mind it, but I always think of Bond having a British accent. They’ve done very well in going into other areas such as Scotland (Connery), Ireland (Brosnan), and even George Lazenby did well for being from Austrailia.

      • I’d be down for Sean Connery playing James Bond into his 70s too, Ben.

    • “Arnold is just too old for this character, no matter how they write him into the equation”…

      So, if they pen Conan as an aged king, which is their intent, Arnold would be “too old” for it? Your comment smacks of ageism. I have no doubt that Arnold, now in his late 60′s, could still outlift both you and I, as well as most of the other skeptics here.

  9. to late,,,politics must of been more important than to revit the 2 most important franchises ever made,,,plus his mangling of the english language in that last man standing,,was plain sad,,,

    • `Last Man Standing` starred Bruce Willis…

    • “Mangling of the English language”…

      you do realize, he does have an accent.

      • He’s lived in America for 40 years ,TWICE as long as he lived in Austria, your telling me he can’t even FAKE a decent American accent by now?

        • Why would he want to, as his accent is part of what makes him unique? He is one of the most imitated actors worldwide for it.

          • I’ve only ever seen that accent parodied as a joke. Not a sincere form of imitation meant as praise.

            • Say what you will, but it’s as much a part of Arnold as his physique, in that it is something that differentiates him from other actors.

              I’m not comparing the two, as the latter is far more talented than the former, but Arnold without his accent would be like Clint Eastwood without his squint.

        • You know, il princerino, I do not think Arnold made
          any effort to change his accent and he thinks it
          is kind of a trademark — it works for some roles
          like a Terninator robot voice and even Conan
          but on other “normal” roles it does not work.
          It stands out and can be a distraction.

  10. what ever movie he did last,,where he played the sheriff,,,

  11. fast and furious writers………..this will suck

    • no thank you for this film because of these two hack writers.

      But, I can envision Arnie as Conan in his 70s, but, it’s hard to envision him as a battle-yearning King..

  12. I’m all for it.

    I like to pretend that horrendous second Conan movie with Grace Jones never happened (but I did like the reboot, especially since it was closer to the original books than the Arnold movie).

    • I agree. The reboot was darker and grittier. Much closer to the source material. And Hell No to Dwayne Jonson. I like “The ROCK” (except for The Tooth Fairy} but he is now Hercules, so no to Conan And if there is a “Son of Conan book out there by the original author I am not familiar with, some one please enlighten me…..

      • Well hey, the Dredd sequel campaign has over 20,000 signatures already and growing so if there was enough support for the Conan reboot, you never know.

        • I understand where you’re coming from in terms of trying to get the support. However, one of the movie news shows I watch on YouTube made a valid point regarding the online petition. Even if it got up to 50,000 signatures and every single one of those people went, it wouldn’t cover 1% of what some of these big budget films spend.

          Regarding the original post, I’d be fine with Arnold as an older Conan. I don’t see how he fits into Terminator anymore. How will they explain why the cyborg has wrinkles and looks like a fit 60 year old?

          • That may be true but I (and others) feel like it sucks wen Hollywood completely ignores a movie’s international success and considers it a flop based purely on US figures alone but then throws millions at people who make terrible and unoriginal movies and with the support from the original comic book the character appears in, the actor who played him, the writer/director of the movie, other well known actors who weren’t even in the movie and even some of the top movie websites, it’d just feel wrong for Hollywood to continue to ignore the huge demand for more of that world when they give us constant Paranormal Activity movies as one example that nobody asked for.

            Look at the Veronica Mars movie. Terrible show, lots of fan support got it the green light to be made though.

            The stories are there for many more Judge Dredd movies and the demand and fanbase is also there so why are Hollywood reluctant to push ahead with it?

            And why is it that Screen Rant seems to be the only respectable movie site that ISN’T supporting this campaign?

    • I’m with you, Dazz. Conan the Destroyer was not good, but Conan the Barbarian was great for its time. I personally did not like the reboot. Looking forward to Arnold, the real Conan, wielding his sword again.

  13. NO
    Not only NO, but HELL NO
    Not only Hell No, but NO F’N way NO
    What part of NO, doesn’t he understand?
    Maybe IF it was all CGI like “Bewoulf” with Motion Capture? I would love to see those production stills, Arnie running around in a MO-CAP suit, little dots on his face to smooth out the lines, little diamond shaped markers “All over his body”…..

    • Ah…no one is forcing you to see it, and what you suggest, they may well do for some flashback scenes, just like they made Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan younger in X-Men 3 or Jeff Bridges younger in Tron Legacy.

  14. The trilogy begins with Conan The Sexagenarian
    and ends with Conan The Septuagenarian.
    Not exactly Conan The Barbarian.

    • This is one rare instance where we disagree, Robert. I have fond memories of Conan the Barbarian, and I am looking forward to Arnold playing the aged and disgruntled King Conan.

      • If he plays his age Jeff then we may not be that far off.
        Denying his age is where this would lose credibility fast.

        • Yep, now we’re back on the same wavelength. :)

  15. I don’t have a problem with this. Arnold is just trying to make up for lost time. Plus, he knows that he doesn’t have that much longer to make action films since he’s 65.

  16. You know, I grew up with the big guy so he’ll always remind me of my childhood with a VHS. But people get older and people move on. The movie choices he is making are both indicative of the lack of options he has due to his lack of range and commemorative of a decade everyone tries very hard to forget.

    It’s a shame. In movie terms, he deserves reverence and with any luck, Ayer’s ‘Ten’ might be a little more character than action. Alas, Ayer’s last four have been:

    Training Day (as writer).
    Harsh Times
    Street Kings.
    End of Watch.

    One for them, one for me. ‘Ten’ then will be one for them. Especially considering it is written by the genius who gave us the recent Die Hard, The A-Team and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

    Maybe he got all his embarrassment out pre-politics and it’ll just be movies like The Last Stand. Unspectacular but dignified. I hope so.

    • Wait, the 80s are a decade everyone tries to forget?

      I loved the 80s. Granted, I was only born in 1984 but every decade since then just hasn’t been as great as the 80s were for me.

      Back then, we had great movies that have become classics while today’s movies are all mostly big budgets and special effects but not substance.

      • I wasn’t coming at it from the angle of movies. The 80′s were the cementing of this new idea called a movie blockbuster. I was born in ’79. I grew up with these blockbusters and Big Arnie exemplified the growth of the form perfectly.

        The 80′s was a bad decade for many things, but this is a movie website so, yeah, no problem whatsoever with what I put into my VHS, Sir :)

        • @Ajeno

          I am thinking there were more good than bad in the 80s.

          Lennon was killed, Regan was Shot, Shuttle Challenger Disaster, Bernie Geotz. Union Carbide incident, Afghanistan war…etc.

          Good things.
          Campy but Cool TV Shows, PC Computers, Pac-Man, Great Cartoons, TJ Hooker, Star Trek and Star Wars, Superman II, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET, Rambo, Terminator, Die Hard, Freddy, Jason, Michael.

          Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, Cosby Show, Transformers, Gi Joe, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors…Oh the list goes on and on and on.

          • You failed to include the monolithic ‘Predator’. On an article about the big Arnie Schwarz.

            For shame, dear boy. For shame.

            • Terminator was my Arnold Moment.

              Did No think I had to mention Arnie by name in a thread about Arnie.

              Predator was cool. The rest..not so much.

              • Conan, Predator, and Terminator, in no particular order, are Arnold’s best roles. I can definitely see him as an aged King Conan, but not as a Terminator, unless he plays the human creator of the machine who made it in his image.

                • I’d put John Matrix as his best role, followed by Dutch, Conan and the T-800.

          • John Hughes, Ghost Busters, The A-Team, VCRS, girls with frosted hair, girls in stone washed jeans, neomaxizoomdweebies,
            Moosehead Beer commercials, SNL, puberty (can I say that live?),
            McGyver, HBO, Prism, Cassette Tapes and a Walk-Man, Not being politically correct, very few remakes and am I right, NO REBOOTS?

            • oh, and I weighed less.

            • @Realist?

              Did you say..Prism? as in the cable channel?

              • I did! that was the 80s.
                ahh, the 80s. the greaties.

                • @Realist.

                  Reason I asked, that puts you in the Philadelphia region, as Prism to my knowledge was Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks county. Then they were bought out by Comcast.

                  • it does, Dark Crow. pretty good detective work.
                    Bucks, to be precise. then lived in Philly proper right behind the Art Museum for a few years. so you are there or were? which county?

                    • @Realist.

                      Born and Raised in Philly, spent most of summers on Family Dairy farm in Lancaster. Hence “The Dark Cow”. which totally does not work because everyone knows me as Jeff W.

                      Live in Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County.

                    • I don’t like revealing personal things, Jeff, but I’m in Berks County. As I said before, we have much in common.

                    • so that makes/made us neighbors. I left in 2001 but I go back every couple years. I’m going back in oct. this year. Once, a couple years back, I missed tastykakes so much I found a woman on Ebay who said she’s ship me what I want at cost, no profit for her at all. man, that was kind. Ain’t too much good Italian food out here on the west coast. no four seasons. ahh, the 80s, Philly….

        • Ahh ok.

          I just don’t think the 80s were bad at all, movies or otherwise.

      • 1984…I was…..Driving an 84 IROC.

        • 1984…I was…envying guys who drove an ’84 IROC :(

          • Not quite sure how to handle that…LOL :)

            • I can’t remember how I handled that, so don’t worry :)

              • Was nothing, driving with the IROC-Z Down South Street, hanging out in from of LA Pizza with our boom boxes, long before South Street became so commercial.

                Ahhh..South Philly…How I miss the old days.

                • LA pizza or do you mean Lorenzo’s?
                  I lived one street over from South for awhile, and crashed a lot on 3rd/American in a colonial.
                  Lorenzo’s is ‘the bomb’ by the way.
                  Do you prefer Gino’s or Jim’s or Pat’s?

                  I was not yet old enough to drive an IROC but man, to me, they were the coolest cars out.

                  • No LA Pizza was below Fat Tuesday, at Passyunk.

                    Pat’s or Genos as I worked both places when I was a kid. Jim’s to overrated and too many “Wannabees” go there.

                    Lorenzo’s is good, but I got mine from the one in the Italian Market.

                    American Street??? Now that is strange, I lived on Christian Street and my wife, lived in Bainbridge between 3rd and 4th street.

                    • “No LA Pizza was below Fat Tuesday, at Passyunk.”

                      I didn’t know LA pizza but I sure knew Fat Tuesday, though was only in there once (too crowded).

                      Pat’s or Genos as I worked both places when I was a kid. Jim’s to overrated and too many “Wannabees” go there.

                      Me too, Pat’s or Geno’s. I once flew one back to a buddy out here overnight. Another friend did the same for me.
                      Not really a fan of Jim’s either. that’s for people who like the remake Conan :)

                      Lorenzo’s is good, but I got mine from the one in the Italian Market.
                      All that time in Philly, I went to the Italian Market once, as it was a bit far for me and I could not always find it. I don’t know why. I liked Washington though, all the Vietnamese places.
                      But Lorenzo’s was where I went/go frequently.
                      I worked the bars/restaurants/hotels out there.

                      “American Street??? Now that is strange, I lived on Christian Street and my wife, lived in Bainbridge between 3rd and 4th street.”

                      we really were practically neighbors. I used to wakeup and run over to Rita’s Water Ice.

                      And then the ‘neighborhood guys’. I met ‘neighborhood guys’ working the hotels/restaurants/bars. Was always glad they werent’ my friends though. I like to read and watch movies about them, but too much warfare.

                      then see how some went to jail or wound up in a car trunk. we don’t get that out here. Yet I’m nostalgic for that ‘neighborhood’ feel. I mean, that’s South Philly and Northeast to me.

                • Philly cheesesteaks…mmmmmm.

                  I once downed three.

                  • three!? Not quite sure how you handled that!

                    • If it was a Jim’s Steak, it would be easy. They were not that big.

                    • I didn’t eat the whole day, and before we hit a Phillies game at night, we stopped at Pat’s.

                      Three, plus some fries.

                    • Phillies were so good in the early 80s till I went and watched a game. then…downhill. back then it was Juan Samuel, Darryl Strawberry, Gary Maddox, Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose…then I saw a game.

  17. age; an’t got s*** to do with it!~ he can keep it up untill he’s dead!! it’s a movie for god sakes you can do anything!!! More CONAN!!!!!!

    • Yeah, age does have a lot to do with it. When Arnold Was younger, you feared him because of his physique.

      Now, it is just not there. That has a lot to do with Age.

      • Arnold is still physically bigger than Stallone, so he just needs to tone himself up a bit, and the character is being penned as an aged Conan, so you are correct, “age does have a lot to do with it”, and he fits the bill better than anyone!

  18. But does he need a little blue pill to raise his sword?

  19. I’m not sure Arnold can wield a sword with any ounce of believability anymore. I think he’s still good for certain roles but a “barbarian king” would be way too awkward.

    • As I’ve said above, Arnold is bigger, physically, than Stallone, so he just needs to tone himself up a bit. Being a former Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe, I don’t see how anyone could doubt that he will.

      • @Jeff

        Not doubting he can or his will. It is nature, as you get older, you begin to lose mass in your muscles, no matter how much you train.

        • How well I know, but again, he was a Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe, and he is still a pretty big guy. I have my doubts for a trilogy, but I definitely think a one-off will work, provided he gets to it soon. We’ll see.

        • I do wonder if Arnold having a heart valve replaced twice has
          in fact limited his training options in terms of intensity and weight.
          He seemed to never get back to form after the last one was performed.

          • If I ever knew that about him, I forgot. That might be why he hasn’t retained the bulk that he used to have, but he is getting close to 70 as well. If you look at him and Stallone together, he is bigger than Stallone, so again, I really just think he needs to tone himself up, rather than bulk himself up, to be believable as an aged Conan.

            • Tone and bodyfat % is more the issue with Arnold. His size is fine.

        • There can be the help of steroids which Arnold
          admits he once took and human growth hormone
          and testosterone which Stallone admits he takes.

          Some actors get jacked so fast for some roles I
          wonder how prevalent the use of performance
          enhancers are at least on a short term basis.

          • I hope he does not do that, and I don’t suspect he will, since he has become such a spokesperson for physical fitness. Sounds like we agree that all he really needs to do is tone himself up, since he is a naturally big guy. It may not be easy at his age, but with his history and knowledge, it should be easier for him than for most other people.

            • Plus with the right wardrobe appropriate for an aging King
              he should not be flashing as much flesh as a younger Conan.

              • It could be his Unforgiven, or his Harry Brown…

                :)

          • I doubt Arnold would use steroids, not at his age. The effects on the heart is too much.

            In order to keep muscle mass, one would have to continue to work out 5 days a week with the base minimum of weights.

            Arnold was a Body builder when working on his physique. Once sarcopenia starts to take place, there is no getting that back.

            • I doubt steroids too. But he is buds with Sly.
              Human growth hormone and testosterone? Maybe.
              Stallone is a believer and feels they are safe within limits.

  20. “For what? To teach them one thing or two? Maybe even a bilion of them? You do know who Arnold Schwarzenegger is, right? And/or what he has done regarding bodybuilding and fitness, right? Right? lol”

    just thought i’d add this quote in one more time since the original poster did twice.

    this board is pretty interesting. and funny.

    ‘role’ my eyes.

    go back to the ‘thrown’.

    oh man, keep commenting’ guys!

  21. So did anyone else like the Conan reboot?

    • It was better than Conan the Destroyer, but not Conan the Barbarian. None of the films were perfect, but the original was the best.

      • I’d put the reboot and the original on equal terms myself. I really have no idea why people hate the reboot though or why people are complaining about Arnold coming back to the series.

        • didn’t really dig the reboot “the baby being born on the battlefield like the savior of the universe, for one”. just couldn’t get into it.
          But will DEFINITELY watch if Arnold comes back as the aged king.
          especially if he pulls up in an ’84 Iroc with a queen who has frosted blonde hair!

        • For me, I just didn’t think Momoa was as compelling in the role as Arnold was, nor was the villain as good as James Earl Jones. Plus, there are certain scenes from the original that, because they were so well shot, are engraved in my mind. The overall story, as well as the musical score, were much better in the original as well. Again, though, none of the films were perfect, but Conan the Barbarian was great for its time.

  22. F*** Terminator 5. I say it’s time for Old Conan to get up off his throne and do battle! He’s been sitting there all bored from his conquests for like 20 some odd years. I’ve been waiting for this sequel since I was like 4 years old.

    • “Crom, I have never prayed to you before.
      I have no tongue for it.
      No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad,
      Why we fought or why we died.
      No, all that matters is that two stood against many.
      That’s what’s important.
      Valor pleases you, Crom, so grant me one request –
      Grant me revenge!
      And if you do not listen, then the Hell with you!”

      • Ah, that’s great! I hope this gets done!

  23. Grandpa CONAN !

  24. I guess try to give it a different feel than the last film. I am really perplexed how Arnie is trying to pull this off. Has he founnd a way to stop aging? Maybe?

  25. Conan gets a tumor?

    • Wouldn’t that be a tumah?

      ;)

      • no, that was a rumah!

  26. Considering how crap Conan the Destroyer & Red Sonja were in his prime I doubt this will happen.

  27. I have been waiting like two decades for this story. Watching the old films you see the older Conan sitting on the throne in heavy contemplation. Great news.

  28. i was woundering regarding the end of Connan ever saw the first movie. it will be nice to see what are they going to do with it.

  29. This is like creating a Lord of the Rings Film and ignoring the books completely!!!!

    If they had ANY brains they would title it Conan The Conquerer or ‘The Hour Of the Dragon’, based on Robert E Howard’s epic original Conan book!!!! Idiots, they have the most amazing story at their disposal and willprobably ignore it and make a complete sraight to netflix fail like the last Conan film,