Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan The Barbarian

Best news of the day? It comes from Deadline:

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has made a deal for The Legend Of Conan, an action film that will star Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his signature roles, as Robert E. Howard’s mythic barbarian. The deal brings Conan and Schwarzenegger back with Universal, which released the first film that launched Schwarzenegger’s movie career back in 1982. Universal has world rights on the film.

The film will be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan. Malmberg is CEO of Paradox Entertainment, which holds the rights to Conan. Morgan is the Universal-based writer and producer whose credits include the last four Fast and the Furious films, along with Wanted and 47 Ronin. Morgan has hatched the story and might write the script. The caveat is that the studio wants The Legend of Conan for summer 2014, and Morgan might not be finished writing the seventh Fast and Furious installment by then. If that happens he will be a very active producer, because this is Morgan’s dream project.

Arnie may be a senior citizen now (seriously, he’s 65 years old), but this is just music to my ears. Can’t wait to see how this turns out. Also, please excuse my pun-tastic title. I couldn’t resist.

  • Joel October 26, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Poor Jason Momoa.

  • Malachi_Constant October 26, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I remember the day it was announced he would return to acting. My friend and I had a chat about what we think his best returning role would be, and we both agreed it should be “Conan the King” or something along those lines. The original film has always been a favorite of mine, and I’ve always loved the stories and the character, but couldn’t bring myself to see the Momoa film.

    Super stoked to hear this news!!!!!!

  • Sal October 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Best news of the day! I love both Arnie and the Conan movies.
    Thanks for sharing.


  • BCsmith October 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I’ve said enough about my feelings on it in detail so i’ll just sum it up:

    I.hope.this .bombs,HARD!

    *sigh* guess we will never get a TRUE conan film.

  • AM Lyvers October 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I was too much of a whuss to see Momoa’s cuz Arnie’s Conan was a huge staple of my cinematic education in the 80s. I don’t want to get too excited about this. When was the last time Hollywood did a story from the 80s right? Unless they’re going for original comic Conan–that would be intersting!

  • Kazz October 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Jason Momoa was a perfect badass Conan! Arnie was classic and all but he is no Conan. If Momoa had the right writers, directing and actually followed Howard’s vision, it would be pure awesomeness.

  • Bryan Garcia March 12, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Arnold is my favorite all time actor and both Babarian & Destroyer are my all time favorite movies! So to hear such great epic news just brings tears of joy to me! I can’t wait!