Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be returning as Conan The Barbarian and fans across the world are asking one thing: why?
For so long, it seemed as though Arnie’s return to the role that cemented his superstar status was a sure thing.
Schwarzenegger, himself, stated on several occasions that the long awaited follow-up to The Legend of Conan and Conan the Conqueror was definitely going ahead.
But now Chris Morgan, who was all set to produce the film, has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the project is dead in the water:
“At the end of the day, the studio decided that they weren’t gonna make that,”
“I gotta say, it’s honestly a heartbreak. I love that first movie so much, so much, it’s one of my favorite movies.”
So what killed Schwarzenegger’s Conan return? Thankfully, Morgan offered up some form of explanation.
Well, for starters, a draft of the script had been written and it sounds pretty cool:
“We had Will Beall do a draft…He killed it. Our take was Conan, 30 years later, a story like the Clint Eastwood Unforgiven. It was so awesome.”
So what happened? Money happened. Morgan explains:
“Ultimately, the budget was big, the studio was not really sure of the title, and the relevance in the marketplace. They ended up letting it go.”
So have we seen the last of Conan? Not necessarily, but it looks like Schwarzenegger won’t be coming back:
“I think they’re gonna look to do a TV show or something with it.”
“You never know, down the road we may revisit!”
While the idea for the film sounded impressive to say the least, a Game of Thrones TV show reboot could yet be the ideal solution with original stories of Conan, written by Robert E Howard, offering up plenty in the way of source material.
Schwarzenegger could even be tempted to appear in the series, either as a main character or even just a cameo.
Arnie won’t be too worried though, having recently revealed that he plans to plough on with another Terminator movie, ideally alongside James Cameron
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