So far it looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback mission has gone pretty well.
The former Governator has steadily made a pretty impressive comeback to the status of grizzled action hero in his recent roles in films such as ‘Expendables 2’ and 3 and last years jail break movie ‘Escape Plan,’ which seen him share the screen with fellow action star legend Sylvester Stallone.
The biggest challenge for Schwarzenegger will most likely be reprising the role, which prior to ‘The Terminator’ helped solidify his place in the hearts and minds of movie fans of the 80s. That role of course being Conan, which he played twice in ‘Conan The Barbarian’ in which he went up against a slippery villain played by James Earle Jones and of course ‘Conan The Destroyer’ in which he gets revenge on a moody camel.
Next year Schwarzenegger is set to done the broadsword again when he’ll play an older and can we say wiser Conan in ‘King Conan’.
This newest Conan film is expected to begin shooting next spring and has been given a December 2016 release date.
In a recent report via TheArnoldFans Executive Producer Fredrik Malmberg revealed the above release date and gave the following reasons for the slight delay in production.
“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 [production] in the spring .”
Malmberg also claims that they’re currently on the hunt for a director and that it’s very possible this could be Schwarzenegger’s next film following Terminator: Genesis . The producer revealed that the search for a director has included looking at both veteran and new directors, which has led some to speculation that they may be looking to approach original ‘Conan The Barbarian’ director John Milius, which would seem to be a bit of a stretch given that Milius has long been rumoured to be having pretty serious health problems.
Universal has interest in reviving the property as long as the script is right, with an ambitious plan to link it to the original film, skipping over the events of Conan The Destroyer and Red Sonja. It would also be divorced from the 2011 remake starring Jason Momoa.
Whatever the issues with regard to this film. The powers that be better get a move on with it. Schwarzenegger isn’t getting any younger. He’ll be 68 by the time the film goes into production. Sure he will play an older Conan in this movie, but the role will still require some pretty heavy duty physical challenges and you have to wonder how much longer the actor can do these kind of roles and make them believable.