Stop the presses! He’ll be back! Arnold Schwarzeneggerwill be playing Conan the Barbarian once again – yes, at his age!
The man who may be most famous for saying, “I’ll be back,” is coming all the way back – back to the film that made his bones in Hollywood. It was confirmed today that Schwarzenegger will play the title character in The Legend of Conan, a film for Universal that looks at the warrior king later in life. The story will ignore Arnold’s previous sequel, 1984’s Conan the Destroyer (as well as Jason Momoa’s unrelated 2011 Conan the Barbarian) in order to follow up on the 1982 original, Conan the Barbarian.
I’m actually rather excited about this news, because tales of King Conan are among my favorites from pulp author Robert E. Howard’s oeuvre. But I wouldn’t bring in his son, Prince Conn (short for Conan), for this movie. I think Schwarzenegger the man needs more distance from his real-world trouble with kids before playing a father onscreen.