Amazon is developing a Conan The Barbarian TV series, according to Deadline. Titled Conan, the series will look to retell the classic character’s story via a return to his literary origins. Driven out of his tribal homelands, Conan finds adventure in the mysterious civilised world that rejects him as a mindless savage.
The show hails from Colony co-creator Ryan Condal, Game Of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik and The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield.
The announcement of the project is of little surprise to those who have followed Amazon’s recent developments in terms of what they’re looking for from their original series, as its large scope and the fact it leans on material with a built-in audience mirrors their recent announcement of a Lord Of The Rings series.
Created by Robert E. Howard in 1932, Conan originally existed in a series of fantasy stories published in Weird Tales magazine. He went on to have a number of screen adaptations, most famously played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 film, Conan The Barbarian.
While this series means the long-anticipated second sequel to that film – The Legend Of Conan – is likely going on the shelf, it is an intriguing move by Amazon. They openly talked about producing the next Game Of Thrones, and they have taken that idea quite literally, putting in motion two series with similar fantasy elements.
It’ll be a while until we know whether these decisions pay off. Until then, let the rumours begin as to who will play the legendary warrior.