While it appeared for a little while there that Terminator 5, directed by Justin Lin, would be the first famous character Arnold would reprise after dabbling in politics, that project doesn't have the requisite momentum. Instead, Schwarzenegger will dust off Conan's sword and go on another adventure across Hyboria as Robert E. Howard's pulp hero. Tentatively titled The Legend of Conan, the new film would act as a successor to John Milius' Conan the Barbarian and its less popular sequel Conan the Destroyer.
Schwarzenegger singled out Milius' 1982 film as a model for the new effort in explaining just how the new Conan came about at Universal, saying,
"Let me just say that a lot of it has to do with timing. That's what show business and politics have in common. It's a lot of it is timing, and I think that I would've chosen to do Conan already if it would've been ready, but the Universal studio just bought the rights to Conan, they have an executive over there that happens to be a big believer in bringing back that character, and Universal was the first one to do the movie with Dino DeLaurentiis, and now they want to be back and do a bunch of Conan movies, but do it high-quality, not as a B-movie, to do it high-quality like the first one was John Milius directed and Dino DeLaurentiis produced and Universal has presented. So they want to go back to that. So that will be ready by sometime this year."
Despite the invocation of his work, there's been no indication that Milius will be involved in this new movie. The driving creative force behind The Legend of Conan is Chris Morgan, the Fast Five screenwriter who created the new story and may or may not be writing the script, depending on his obligation to write the seventh The Fast and the Furious installment. Morgan is executive producing alongside Fredrick Malmberg.
In news of movies not ordained by the holy will of Crom, there's Triplets. Though he's best known for firing really big guns and generally being a physically indomitable onscreen presence, Schwarzenegger has had his share of comedic jaunts. Among them is Twins, Ivan Reitman's 1988 pairing of Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as Julius and Vincent Benedict, two wildly dissimilar men who discover that they're the product of a medical experiment and are, in fact, twin brothers. Triplets would add Eddie Murphy to the mix as a yet another long-lost brother. Expanding on his Conan the Destroyer update, Schwarzenegger said,
"The same is also true with Triplets, a sequel to Twins. I have been trying to get Universal Studios to do that for ten years, and the studio executives that were there up until recently did not see the value, but now the new leadership sees the value and says, 'This is a brilliant idea, why haven't they done it? We want to do that.' And so they hire the writers and they are full-blast ahead. And that's a movie that we will be doing. So it depends on the timing. Sometimes there's projects that are not available and then other times they are. But I would say in general you always kind of make decisions based on what movie would be interesting for people to see, what is it that the audience out there wants to see me do. And based on that you make decisions."
In 2003, Schwarzenegger made an uncredited appearance in The Rundown, in which he figuratively handed off the action-hero baton to erstwhile The Rock, Dwayne Johnson. As to the possibility of starring alongside the younger actor, who will be seen shortly in both G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Pain & Gain, Schwarzenegger replied with a laugh,
"I think it would be great for him, for The Rock to play the earlier generation and me the later generation. I'm looking forward to that."
So that's a peek at the Schwarzeneggerian horizon, but fans will see Arnold putting his asskicking boots back on in The Last Stand next Friday. Later this year, he teams up with Sylvester Stallone for The Tomb, and early next year he'll share the screen with fellow James Cameron leading man Sam Worthington in Ten, directed by David Ayer.