'The Legend of Conan' Will Be a Sequel to 1982 Original

Arnold Schwarzenegger's hotly anticipated return to Cimmeria in "The Legend of Conan" will be a sequel to 1982's "Conan the Barbarian," presumably ignoring both 1984's "Conan the Destroyer" and the 2011 misfire.

"Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film … but 30 years later," producer Chris Morgan told the fan site TheArnoldFans. "When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend — and is now an older man. Think 'Unforgiven' … with a sword-wielding barbarian."

Morgan, whose producing credits include "Fast & Furious 6," explained that the goal is to live up to the world established by director John Milius in the original film.

"We’re very lucky that the architects of this new film — the writer, the producers, the studio and most of all, Arnold — who is Conan — are all first-generation fans who either worked on the film or who came along for the ride, cheering from their theater seats opening night," he said. "We plan nothing more than to immerse ourselves in the world Milius envisioned from Robert E. Howard’s unforgettable stories and Frank Frazetta’s stunning artwork."

He also teased that at least three characters from "Conan the Barbarian" will return for "Legend."

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