Amazon rebooting ‘Conan the Barbarian’ with ‘Game of Thrones’ director, ‘Fargo’ producer
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Amazon is beefing up its streaming content with the addition of “Conan.” The series is based on the work of Robert E. Howard about the iconic character Conan the Barbarian.
Attached to this project with Amazon are “Game of Thrones” director Miguel Sapochnik and “Fargo” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Ryan Condal (“Hercules”) will adapt and write the story as the show’s co-creator.
“Conan” will be retelling of the origins of the character that first appeared in 1932 on print. Condal said that he’s been obsessed with the material for a long time, while Sapochnik, whom TV fans know for his work on “GoT’s” “Battle of the Bastards” episode from season 6, said that he’s a big fan of the mythology.
Conan the Barbarian is a Cimmerian who lived during the Hyborian Age, an imagined world that followed the destruction of Atlantis. Howard infused legends and folklore in his fantasy story, which then appeared regularly on Weird Tales magazine.
Arnold Schwarzennegger played the character on the big screen with two film releases in the 1980s. It was one of his first roles as an actor trying to make it in Hollywood.
“Aquaman” star Jason Momoa also portrayed the character in the 2011 version of “Conan the Barbarian.” The tale of Conan also had two animated TV shows and one live-action series that aired in 1997 and starred Ralf Moller.
The news comes as Amazon plans to shift its content to add more fantasy shows to their lineup in the hopes of creating a potentially widely popular show similar to “Game of Thrones.” The streaming platform also nabbed the rights to develop a “Lord of The Rings” series.
Casting and other details to “Conan,” such as its production and launch dates, have not yet been ironed out. Pathfinder Media and Endeavor Content are also attached to the project