Producer Fredrik Malmberg says that the upcoming “The Legend of Conan,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as an older version of his Conan the Barbarian character from the 1980s, is targeting a production start of Spring 2015 for a 2016 release. Speaking with TheArnoldFans.com, Malmberg says he’s happy with Andrea Berloff’s screenplay which is undergoing a polish at the moment:
“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 (2015).”
The intention is for Schwarzenegger to do “The Legend of Conan” after he finishes his commitments to the “Terminator” reboot, but it all depends on the script being ready in time:
“That’s the intention. Arnold wants that. I would like that and I know everyone from the studio side would like that but it’s all in the script. We need to get the script where it’s right and ready to go. In the movie world, nowadays, when a movie is a go movie, it happens very quickly. It’s up to Universal to set the date for it to be released but personally, I don’t think it has to be a summer movie. I think there’s plenty of examples of big event movies being released in the winter like the Matrix movies and The Lord of the Rings. I can see this being a winter movie as well as a summer movie. This iconic role of Arnold as Conan is so big that it can be year round.”
Before it goes forward though they need a director. Several have reportedly come forth and expressed interest, but the producers want the script to be ready before they officially approach helmers.