[Movies] Universal Pictures Finds Writer For The Legend of Conan Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.01.2013
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Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has hired a writer for The Legend of Conan, which will see Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to play the title character. The studio has hired Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center), who recently adapted French action film Sleepless Night for Warner Bros, wrote Straight Outta Compton for New Line and is working on a version of the King Arthur myth for Disney.
In October of last year, Universal and Schwarzenegger became involved with the new film thanks to Chris Morgan, the writer/producer of the Fast & Furious films. He decided to go back to the "raw, violent" Conan movies, which ended with the image of Conan sitting on his throne as king. The new film is about Conan trying to stay on the throne and the final cycle of his life.
The film will be produced by Fredrick Malmberg through Paradox Entertainment and Morgan & Emile Gladstone through Chris Morgan Productions. Paradox owns the rights to the series, originally created by Robert E. Howard.
Schwarzenegger originally played the character in 1982's Conan the Barbarian, which was directed by John Milius from a script he wrote with Oliver Stone. It created a live-action stage show (which ran for twenty minutes) at Universal Studios that lasted for a decade. The plan is to reboot the franchise with a recognizable star returning. It's also good for Schwarzenegger, who hasn't had a big solo hit since he left office as the governor of California. He is also expected to return to The Terminator franchise.