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Sorry, Jason Momoa — it's not the years, it's the mileage.
Universal is once again rebooting their "Conan" franchise ... and this time with the man who started it all, according to Deadline.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be playing the mighty barbarian once again in "The Legend of Conan," which is set to be produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan. The producing duo believe that this is the movie fans really wanted to see but couldn't while Arnold was the governor of California.
The once and future Conan himself is certainly excited.
"I always loved the Conan character and I'm honored to be asked to step into the role once again," said Schwarzenegger. "I can't wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story."
Schwarzenegger played the role in both "Conan the Barbarian" (1982) and "Conan the Destroyer" (1984). Details on the new film's plot are being kept under wraps, though it's said to skip over the sequel and take place directly following the original "Conan," which was directed by John Milius.
The franchise was unsuccessfully rebooted in the summer of 2011 with the truly wretched "Conan the Barbarian," starring Jason Momoa in the title role. Momoa won't be returning for "The Legend of Conan" - nor will any of his co-stars, for that matter.
Anyway, this all sounds completely ridiculous, and we love it. Arnold should just reprise every character he's ever played, from Dutch in "Predator" to Ben Richards in "The Running Man" to John Matrix in "Commando." Not Mr. Freeze, though — keep that one on ice (arrgghh! See what we did there? You can't resist the puns!).
Universal wants "The Legend of Conan" ready for Summer 2014, though that will all depend on whether Morgan is finished writing the seventh installment in the "Fast and the Furious" series by then. Yes, we guess that means there's going to be a seventh "Fast and the Furious" movie, after "Fast Six" (or whatever it's going to be called) opens May 24, 2013.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will next be seen in "The Last Stand," opening Jan. 18, 2013, and in "The Tomb," opening Sept. 27, 2013.