Marvel is doing it, DC is doing it, Transformers is doing it, Ghostbusters is doing it, so why not Conan the Barbarian and the various characters created by Robert E. Howard?
According to Deadline (via Comic Book), Fredrick Malmberg has aquired the rights to Howard’s various creations, including Conan, Kull the Conqueror and Solomon Kane, and is looking to launch a shared cinematic universe, which will presumably start with the upcoming The Legend of Conan.
“These days, it comes down to brands and characters and we are looking at long-term possibilities,” states Malmberg. “We look at how Marvel played out with its rich based of characters, and this too is a universe that lends itself to exploitation in TV and film. There aren’t many libraries like this.”
Malmberg also went on to touch upon The Legend of Conan, which will see Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to his breakthrough role: “It’s 30 years after the original film, and he’s facing his mortality and how a legend deals with the fact he’s older, and how does he want to go out.”
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