Returning to the breakout role that first made everyone realize, "Hey, this guy should probably control an entire state," Arnold Schwarzenegger will once again play Conan the Barbarian in Universal's The Legend Of Conan, a sequel that will wisely ignore how Conan the Destroyer and last year's reboot exist.
The original Conan the Barbarian closed with the image of an aged, bearded Arnold sitting pensively atop a throne, pretending to be thinking thoughts, and according to Conan rights holds Paradox Entertainment's CEO, Fredrik Malmberg, that's where the next film will pick up. As he told Deadline:
"The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. 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."
Showing his usual fondness for revisiting old roles--be they the Terminator or Danny DeVito's twin brother--Arnold Schwarzenegger is already enthusiastically attached to return to the franchise. Chris Morgan is producing, has concocted the story, and will likely write the script, his screenplays for all the The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift follow-ups proving his aptitude for ignoring the unfortunate chapter where the studio tried to hand off the franchise but quickly realized that wouldn't work. Last year's Conan, Jason Momoa, has plans to sort of hang around the set and ask if anyone needs him for anything, maybe take a few straw polls to see if anyone liked him more than Schwarzenegger.
Here's Arnold with an in-depth refresher of the original: