Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed plans for a sequel to his original Conan the Barbarian (1982). The new movie, The Legend of Conan, will again feature the bodybuilder-turned-action-movie-star-turned-politician, now 65 years old, in the title role.
The plot of the movie is already developed—Conan prepares for one final battle to end the lives of his enemies before he succumbs to death.
Looking to release the flick in the summer of 2014, Universal Studios has already recruited producer Fredrik Malmberg for the project. Malmberg produced the 2011 Conan reboot featuring Jason Momoa, which failed to drum up any action at the box office. But The Legend of Conan will pick up as a sequel to the first film—omitting any links to the 2011 version, as well as to the 1984 sequel, Conan the Destroyer.
In an interview with Deadline, Malmberg said the new movie will once again reveal Conan’s penchant for extreme violence. “The original movie ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior,” he said. “He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”
Chris Morgan, who served as screenwriter for the last three Fast and Furious films and Wanted, will co-produce the movie. But so far no screenwriter or director has signed for the project.