Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns to ‘Conan’ Franchise

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The 65-year-old is headed back to the big screen in The Legend of Conan, reprising the musclular, sword-swinging warrior character that launched his mainstream movie acting career. According to Deadline, the film will extend the Universal Pictures franchise that starred Schwarzenegger in 1982’s Conan the Barbarian and then in 1984’s Conan The Destroyer.

“I always loved the Conan character and I’m honored to be asked to step into the role once again,” Schwarzenegger, who appeared in this year’s The Expendables 2, told Deadline. “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.”

Though the film has no director or screenwriter on board yet, producer Chris Morgan (who wrote the last three famed Fast and Furious movies) may wield the pen for Conan if his schedule permits. Universal is aiming for a summer 2014 release date.

The Legend of Conan storyline will not take into account the failed Millennium Films’ 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian, starring Game of ThronesJason Momoa as the prehistoric hero. Instead, the new adventure flick will pick up where Conan the Destroyer left off.

“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,” producer Fredrik Malmberg told Deadline. “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.”

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