Amazon is set to develop a series based on the Conan the Barbarian short stories by Robert E. Howard. The drama series is going to be produced Ryan Condal, co-creator of Colony and Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale & Fargo). Condal will also be taking over the writing for the series, while Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) directs. The series also has the backing of Pathfinder Media and Endeavor Content.
With the comic book rights having recently returned to Marvel, our friendly neighborhood barbarian seems to be going through a renaissance of sorts.
Although no cast members have been announced as of yet, Condal, a longtime fan of the original literature wants to keep the storyline very close to the material created by Howard in the early thirties. The Cimmerian made his first appearance in stories that were published in the horror and fantasy based pulp magazine Weird Tales.
There have been a few big and small screen adaptations, with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s run as the Barbarian in the 80’s cult classics being the most memorable. Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Justice League) also had a go most recently, which might have actually landed him the role of Khal Drogo, even though his take was a total flop.
Amazon is certainly taking a deep dive into the world of fantasy after having obtained the rights to Lord of the Rings for a prequel series with stories that take place before the Fellowship of the Ring and now traveling to the Hyborian Age.
Being a brief fan of the comic book series in my teens and having seen the Arnie movies a couple of times shortly after they came out, I was really looking forward to a modern adaptation. With the 2011 remake film leaving me with a bitter taste, I would appreciate a well-balanced series that pays attention to script and characters as well as the visual effects. You know, balance it all!
Conan the Barbarian himself is described as a hulking giant that is as strong as a bear and as quick and agile as a cat. Those are some tough shoes to fill so good luck to whoever gets cast.
Do you know of anyone that could fill those shoes? Who could potentially portray Conan in the series?