We know writer Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center) had been hired to pen the script for The Legend of Conan. Now, in an interview with The Arnold Fans, producer Fredrik Malmberg says a script polish will be done very soon and they’re hoping to start production in Spring of 2015:
“We’ll probably have this turned in around September after the holiday. And then we’ll take it to the studio and if they’re happy, we can hopefully start (production) in the Spring (2015).”
Although they have yet to choose a director, Malmberg says a number of candidates have come forward expressing interest:
“We haven’t been talking with directors yet. A lot of directors have come fourth and expressed interest and that they like Conan and want to be involved when we’re at that stage but the studio said they want the script to be ready before we officially approach the directors. But we have been in touch with old great names and new fresh faces. We’re excited about finding the right guy for that.”
He also once again reiterated that they would like for The Legend of Conan to be Schwarzenegger’s next film following Terminator: Genesis:
“Arnold wants that. I would like that and I know everyone from the studio side would like that but it’s all in the script. We need to get the script where it’s right and ready to go. In the movie world, nowadays, when a movie is a go movie, it happens very quickly. It’s up to Universal to set the date for it to be released but personally, I don’t think it has to be a summer movie. I think there’s plenty of examples of big event movies being released in the winter like the Matrix movies and The Lord of the Rings. I can see this being a winter movie as well as a summer movie. This iconic role of Arnold as Conan is so big that it can be year round.”
Universal Pictures were previously aiming for a 2014 release date, now it sounds more like 2016 at the earliest.