Arnold Schwarzenegger to return as Conan The Barbarian

Arnie's signed up to play the hulking swordsman for the first time since 1984

Arnold Schwarzenegger is to play Conan The Barbarian for the first time since 1984.

The actor will return to the franchise in The Legend Of Conan, which is being lined up for a summer 2014 release. Schwarzenegger previously played the hulking swordsman, a character created by fantasy writer Robert E Howard, in 1982’s Conan The Barbarian and 1984’s Conan The Destroyer.

The Legend Of Conan is being produced by Fredrik Malmberg, whose company Parallox owns the rights to the character, and screenwriter Chris Morgan, whose scripting credits include Wanted and several Fast & Furious films. Morgan has concocted the story for the new Conan movie and may write the script.

Last year (2011), a reboot called Conan The Barbarian was released starring Jason Momoa in the title role. However, the film flopped at the box office and Momoa will not feature in the new Conan movie.

Instead, the new movie is conceived as a follow-up to Schwarzenegger’s original 1982 appearance as Conan. Morgan told Deadline: “This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think this is a worthy successor to the original film. Think of this as Conan’s Unforgiven.”

Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger added: “I always loved the Conan character and I’m honoured to be asked to step into the role once again. I can’t wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story.”