A new Conan The Barbarian series is officially in development at Netflix.
Conan The Barbarian is a series with an incredibly long history. Originally the franchise was conceived by writer Robert E. Howard back in 1932 for Wierd Tales Magazine. The writer would go on to write several short stories and novels and the series before his death in 1936. Since then, numerous other writers have taken a crack at the franchise with varying success, including Marvel writer Jason Aaron who brought the character into the Marvel comic universe.
Conan The Barbarian is perhaps best known to most audience members thanks to the 1982 film of the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger would go on to reprise the role for the sequel, Conan the Destroyer which met with significantly less praise and is generally considered to be the lesser film. A third film was planned but slipped into development hell throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Following Schwarzenegger’s service as the governor of California, the third film regained some momentum but was dropped by Universal.
The character saw one additional live-action treatment with the 2011 film, Conan The Barbarian featuring Aquaman actor Jason Momoa. The film was sadly a critical and financial bomb. But now it seems that the famous Cimmerian will be receiving the live-action treatment one last time.
Following the success of Henry Cavill’s The Witcher series, Netflix has apparently opted to double down on its commitment to the fantasy/swords and sorcery genres. According to a new report from Deadline, a Conan The Barbarian series is now in development under the streaming titan. The series, however, does not currently have a showrunner attached to it nor have any directors been signed on. It is currently unknown whether or not the upcoming Netflix series will have anything to do with the previous adaptations.
What do you all make of this? Are you glad to see that Conan The Barbarian is getting at least one more live-action treatment? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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