What is best in life? Crush your enemies; see them driven before you; develop your brand into a global, interconnected film franchise; and hear the lamentations of Robert E. Howard's ghost. And soon, this fantastic life may become a reality for Fredrik Malmberg.
His Cabinet Entertainment has acquired Paradox Entertainment Inc., and with that deal has come the rights to Conan the Barbarian and the rest of Robert E. Howard's vast library of characters. Naturally, Malmberg's plan is to turn those into a Marvel-style cinematic universe.
"These days, it comes down to brands and characters and we are looking at long-term possibilities," Malmberg explained to Deadline. "We look at how Marvel played out with its rich base of characters, and this too is a universe that lends itself to exploitation in TV and film."
As previously reported, that exploitation will begin with The Legend of Conan, a sequel that will wisely ignore the existence of Conan the Destroyer and 2011's reboot. It will return Arnold Schwarzenegger to the title role he made famous, seeing Conan as an aged king looking to go out on a big final battle. Given this update, make sure to stay tuned after that final battle, though. They'll probably wait until after the credits for the big reveal that James Earl Jones faked his death, and is now recruiting warriors for his clandestine team, The Barbarian Squad.