Now that he’s done with that pesky governor gig, Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to remind everyone why he was one of the baddest actors around for two decades. After appearing in The Expendables 2 and moving on to movies like The Last Stand, Ten and The Tomb, he has plans to return to the role that made him famous.
Deadline reports Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as the sword-swinging Cimmerian in the upcoming Universal Pictures reboot The Legend of Conan.
“I always loved the Conan character and I’m honored to be asked to step into the role once again,” Schwarzenegger said. “I can’t wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story.”
Malmberg and Morgan will produce the film, with Morgan working on the story and possibly writing the script. The studio apparently wants to hit a 2014 release date, which means Morgan may not be able to write the full script because he’s busy working on Fast and the Furious 7. Even if he doesn’t script the picture himself, he has a specific vision for how the latest installment will connect to 1982’s Conan the Barbarian and 1984’s Conan the Destroyer.
“After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me,” Morgan said. “Robert E. Howard’s mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche to Atilla the Hun was layered in the original film. People say, he didn’t speak for the first 20 minutes of the film, but that was calculated in depicting this man who takes control of life with his own hand. This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.”
Robert E. Howard’s Cimmerian warrior last hit the big screen with the 2011 film Conan the Barbarian, starring Jason Momoa. The Lionsgate released grossed just under $49 million worldwide on a $90 million budget, making it a pretty resounding financial failure. Will a 65-year-old slicing and dicing his way through his enemies bring the audience back? We’ll find out in 2014.