Though it’s still in development, new details have emerged regarding the upcoming “The Legend of Conan” project which would star Arnold Schwarzenegger as an elderly version of the legendary barbarian.
Arnie, screenwriter Andrea Berloff, and producer Fredrik Malmberg recently spoke with ArnoldFans.com about the project which the 68-year-old Austrian actor is keen to get to work on:
“Conan is very much alive. Age doesn’t mean anything to me, because I work out every day. I work out twice a day, as a matter of fact. At night I work out with weights, and in the morning I do cardiovascular training.
So for me, to get on the set and to swing the sword around again and to ride the horses and all those things doesn’t mean anything [does not scare me], because I feel like I did thirty years ago. So as long as I stay in shape, that’s the key thing, and to keep your body young.”
Andrea Berloff (“World Trade Center”) signed on to write the screenplay back in October and says she’s still working hard on the script:
“My fingers are nearly worn down to tiny, bloody nubbins as I’m working to give this iconic character new life, while still holding true to the qualities that made fans fall in love with him in the first place. It is no small task to tackle one of the greatest legends of all times but I have a fantastic team of producers around me and we are all ridiculously excited about how our beloved barbarian is developing.”
Producer Fredrik Malmberg spoke a bit more about taking Arnold’s age into account in terms of the character:
“The idea is that this takes place AFTER Conan has been king. The whole idea that got Arnold so enthusiastic about the new creative take is, can he live up to the legend he is? Conan is in his mid 60s now, so he will have to fight through an aging warrior body, having cracking bones, aches and having to get back into the battle.”
No director is currently attached to the project.