Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined the Arnold Sports Festival, a four-day, multi-sport health and fitness expo this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. During the event, the action movie superstar and former Governor offered an update on one of his most long-gestating projects, a new Conan the Barbarian movie.
According to The Arnold Fans fan site, Schwarzenegger commented on the possibility of a long-awaited King Conan movie and discussed the hurdles that stand between him and seeing the movie brought to light.
"When there’s an estate like this, the Robert E. Howard estate," Schwarzenegger began. "When someone buys these rights, those people now own the rights and they have their own vision of what they want to do and the guy that has the rights is some young guy and he’s trying to figure out how to get his way through Hollywood and this is not easy to do.”
Schwarzenegger starred as Conan in 1982's Conan the Barbarian and 1984's Conan the Destroyer, and he's still eager to reprise his role as Robert E. Howard's iconic warrior for a third and final Conan movie.
"I hope it will be done very soon because I think it’s a great idea," he said. "We have been trying to convince [the Conan rights owners] for years now that the way to go is to come back and hire a really great director and to do another Conan movie and have me play King Conan, when Conan is like 70 years old and he's disgusted by sitting on the throne and being the king and then something happens after that. It’s really not that far from creating a finished script.”
A Conan the Barbarian series for Amazon Prime was in the works, but Schwarzenegger's comments seemingly confirm reports that that project will not be moving forward. However, he did mention his willingness to see a potential new Conan film on a streaming service and mentioned Netflix by name.