Conan the Barbarian

There’s a new Arnold Schwarzenegger film coming out next week, and next summer the action star will be back in one of his iconic roles for the new Terminator movie. If producers have their way, however, by that time Schwarzenegger will have already played Conan once more. Producers of The Legend of Conan, the long rumored sequel to the iconic ’80s sword and sandal epics, believe filming will begin in Spring 2015. Read the Legend of Conan movie quotes below.

Producer Fredrik Malmberg spoke to The Arnold Fans (via Superhero Hype) about the latest draft of the script by Andrea Berloff:

We want to polish up the script, specifically about the characters but we don’t think it will take long. We’ll probably have this turned in around September after the holiday and then we’ll take it to the studio and if they’re happy, we can hopefully start in the Spring.

Malmberg was then asked if they approached any directors:

We haven’t been talking with directors yet. A lot of directors have come fourth and expressed interest and that they like Conan and want to be involved when we’re at that stage but the studio said they want the script to be ready before we officially approach the directors. But we have been in touch with old great names  and new fresh faces. We’re excited about finding the right guy for that.

Finally, the producer confirmed he’s hoping the film will be Schwarzenegger’s next after Terminator Genesis:

That’s the intention. Arnold wants that. I would like that and I know everyone from the studio side would like that but it’s all in the script.  We need to get the script where it’s right and ready to go. In the movie world, nowadays, when a movie is a go movie, it happen very quickly. It’s up to Universal to set the date for it to be released but personally, I don’t think it has to be a summer movie. I think there’s plenty of examples of big event movies being released in the winter like the Matrix movies and The Lord of the Rings. I can see this being a winter movie as well as a summer movie. This iconic role of Arnold as Conan is so big that it can be year round.

This is all very encouraging for Conan fans who probably never thought this film would happen. Plus a potential Spring 2015 start date would suggest a first half of 2016 release, which is likely way sooner than many people thought. Do you think it’ll happen?

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