Last year, we learned that Arnold Schwarzenegger was returning to the role that truly started his rise to stardom: Conan. The film is LEGEND OF CONAN, and looks to bring the final chapter of Conan’s life to the big screen, with a likely shoot date later in the year, and production in New Zealand.
Here’s what Arnold had to say about the project: “[Universal] finally came forward…and said, ‘You’re absolutely right. The previous regime has missed the boat here. We want to pick it up. We’re going to buy the rights and we’re going to be serious about it and make a quality film with an A-director and with A-writers and so on. And we want you to participate in this. We want you to star and you to play Conan. We’re going to take a story where Conan is at that age so it’s totally believable and you’re not looking like a 30-year old action guy.’“
Producer Frederik Malmberg described what they’re aiming for: “The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make…It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”
In spite of myself, I’m in.