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Tuesday, 7 November, 2000, 16:16 GMT
Conan makes a comeback
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been asked to take part
Warner Brothers are planning a new movie version of Conan the Barbarian, to be written and directed by John Milius - director and co-writer of the 1982 original.

Milius, who scripted the first Conan movie with Oliver Stone, has had discussions with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in that film.

However, it is unclear how prominent a role muscle man Schwarzengger would play in the new film.

Matrix writer-directors Larry and Andy Warchowski have long been fans of Conan the Barbarian.

Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian was first brought to the movies in 1982

They are hoping to co-produce parts of the remake if they can fit it in with their other projects.

Movie studios Universal made two Conan films with Schwarzenegger in the 80s. The second was Conan the Destroyer in 1984.

The rights to all forms of the fantasy hero, created by Robert Howard, have until now been controlled by Stan Lee Media.

Milius is said still to be working out the story to the new film. Fans of the originals will be hoping he captures the essence of Howard's fearless warrior again.

Legendary

Conan the Barbarian is the epic tale of a child sold into slavery who grows into a man and sets out to seek revenge against the warlord who massacred his tribe.

Over the years, Conan - and other heroes from Howard's pen such as Kull the Conqueror and Puritan wanderer Solomon Kane - have won an international following.

But of all Howard's characters, Conan the Barbarian - with his broadsword swinging and muscles bulging - has come to enjoy a true hero's reputation.

He has been immortalised in books and comics but when brought to life in full-screen technicolour by Schwarzenegger, Conan's fame and cult status grew to worldwide proportions.

Howard committed suicide in 1936 at the age of 30 in Cross Plains, West Texas - where he had spent most of his life.

In recent years, fans from around the world have flocked each June to the town in memory of Howard and his characters.

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