A new version of Conan the Barbarian may be on the way, as Amazon is developing a new take of the classic sword-and-sorcery hero based on the books by Robert E. Howard.
Pathfinder Media and Endeavor Content are producing the new potential TV series, which is written by Colony co-creator Ryan Condal, and follows Conan as he’s cast out of his home and “wanders the mysterious and treacherous world of civilization where he searches for purpose in a place that rejects him as a mindless savage.”
Game of Thrones‘ Miguel Sapochnik will direct should the project go to pilot or series and he and Condal will executive produce with Warren Littlefield, who is also behind Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo.
Created by Howard in 1932 and originally published as a series of stories in Weird Tales magazine, the Conan character has been often adapted for the screen, including in 1982’s film Conan the Barbarian starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which spawned a 1984 sequel and a long-gestating third film, which would see Schwarzenegger reprising the role as a much older Conan. That project seemingly died in 2017.
Jason Momoa played the character in 2011 in reboot of the franchise, but its release was met with poor reception and box office.
This project comes on the heels of Amazon’s big splashy purchase of the rights to mount a TV series adaptation of Lord of the Rings, though that franchise still does not have a writer or producer attached.
Linda Ge | TV Editor