“Conan the Barbarian” is under development under Netflix. The epic live-action series is based on Conan, the iconic sword-and-sorcery character created by writer Robert E. Howard. As reported by Deadline, Netflix can “develop works across TV and film, both live-action and animated” in the Conan universe, but will starts with a live-action series.
Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as Conan in the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian and its 1984 sequel Conan the Destroyer. The franchise was later rebooted with a 2011 film Conan the Barbarian starring Jason Momoa that bombed at the box office and with Conan fans in general.
Netflix has acquired exclusive rights for the TV show. Conan the Barbarian started with dozens of stories by Howard in the early 20th century, before a slew of other SFF authors wrote their own interpretations of the characters across decades, producing over 50 novels and dozens of short stories of Conan adventures. There is a huge amount of material for the series to mine, though any show would likely stick with the canonical Howard stories.
Basically, it is a fictional sword and sorcery hero who originated in pulp magazines and has since been adapted to books, comics; several films (including Conan the Barbarian; and Conan the Destroyer), television programs (animated and live-action); video games, role-playing games, and other media.
As of now, Netflix has begun searching for a show runner and writers; and no casting decision has been made yet. Fans of the original film will undoubtedly keep their finger crossed; that Schwarzenegger will at least make a cameo appearance of some kind; but it’s probably safe to assume that they; will cast a far younger actor for the main role.
Amazon previously bought the rights to a TV series in 2018; with Emmy-winning Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik attached to the project; but nothing came out of it.
We will keep you updated as soon as there are some other revelations.