After years of teasing his return as Conan in Legend of Conan, Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to have let fans down. For those who waited for the continuation of the saga, it seems that all hope is lost with the film being scrapped.
The Conan franchise became the staging point for Schwarzenegger’s career. The former bodybuilder rose to fame starring in action movies in the 80s and 90s and even ran for governor of California.
Like Rocky for Sylvester Stallone, Conan is the first big role to be associated with Schwarzenegger. The Terminator franchise became his bread and butter later on in his career but fans know that that is where it all started.
John Milius’ 1982 fantasy adventure Conan the Barbarian was based on a character created by pulp literature writer Robert E. Howard. The film was a huge success raking in $130 million against a $16 million budget.
Schwarzenegger reprised his role as the titular character two years later in a sequel Conan the Destroyer. The film had some success but was not as well received as its predecessor.
Fans waited for a third installment but after more than three decades the film failed to materialize. It seems that it was killed entirely after the franchise got a reboot with Jason Momoa as the titular barbarian.
The Studio Dropped The Legend Of Conan
However, hope was revived with Schwarzenegger teasing his return with Legend of Conan. The project was stuck in the development stage with a few different writers working on the script.
According to Screen Rant, among those writers is Will Beall who is also currently working with Momoa in his upcoming Aquaman spinoff film. Chris Morgan who writes the Fast and Furious franchise have also worked on the film.
They plan for the film to continue with the story from where the first film left off. They also wanted to ignore most of the events from Conan the Destroyer which was not as successful as its predecessor.
However, Morgan revealed that the film has swayed from this road. During an interview regarding the eighth Fast and Furious film, he gave some details about the third Conan the Barbarian film.
According to Morgan, the film was supposed to take us 30 years after the events of the first film. Will Beall created a draft for the script and it was perfect however the studio decided against producing it.
The writer further stated that he was heartbroken by the decision because he really loved the original film. However, the large budget and current market demands ultimately became the final nail in the coffin for the film.
The of Legend Supposed Producer Opted For A TV Series
Morgan also revealed that the studio is currently looking to make a TV series based on the films instead. However, he seemed hopeful that a Conan film with Arnold in it will be made sometime in the near future.
Still, this revelation is a major bummer for fans who waited decades to see their favorite barbarian on the big screen once again. However, for fans of “Ahnuld”, he’ll definitely be back.
The actor recently teased an upcoming Terminator movie with despite Paramount Pictures canceling plans for a Genysis sequel. With James Cameron currently working on four Avatar sequels, it appears another director would helm this rumored killer-robot film.
While it seems unlikely that Legend of Conan will ever make it out of the storyboard, at least for the moment, the franchise is still a viable one. It only needs a willing producer and enough of a fan base and breathing life into the franchise will be as easy as Conan carving his enemies with his sword. For the moment, fans will have to settle for Schwarzenegger’s other films.
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