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Netflix developing a Conan the Barbarian series and universe

October 1st, 2020 by Marc Comments

Looks like Netflix want some more of that Witcher money as they jump into the world of Conan the Barbarian.

Word is that Netflix have made a deal with the Robert E Howard estate and Conan Properties International, giving them the ‘exclusive option to acquire rights to the Conan literary library and develop works across TV and film, both live-action and animated’.

Netflix have a new strategy of looking for properties that will allow them to build a universe on their service, meaning the audience gets what the want and the streamer gets an inbuilt audience. They’re also developing IPs based on Roald Dahl’s novels, The Chronicles of Narnia books and comics publisher Millarworld.

The Conan deal is still early in development with no writers, stars or directors in place yet, so it could be a while before we hear more on this story.

Pulp fiction author Howard introduced Conan the Barbarian, aka Conan the Cimmerian, in a series of short stories, first published in 1932 in Weird Tales magazine. The Conan stories ushered in a new genre of writing: Sword and Sorcery. Through the years the original tales have inspired over a thousand comic books, one hundred novels, three feature films, two television series, multiple video games, and a vast range of collectibles, toys, and more, worldwide.

It will certainly be interesting to see who nabs the role which has famously been played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 80s movies and then by Jason Momoa in the 2011 reboot. There was also short-lived animated and live-action shows unrelated to either movie franchise and Amazon was developing a series a few years ago but it, obviously, never came to anything.

So, are you excited for a Conan series? Let me know if you’ll be in live for this when it hits in a few years.

Source: Deadline

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….