Conan the Barbarian TV Series in Development at Netflix
Deadline is reporting that a live-action Conan the Barbarian series is in development at Netflix based on the character created by pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard. A search is underway for a writer and showrunner to pen the adaptation as well as a director to helm the series.
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The project is reportedly the first in a deal between Netflix and Conan Properties International. The deal allows the streaming giant the exclusive option to acquire rights to the Conan literary library and to develop live-action and animated works across film and television.
The Conan the Barbarian character was introduced in 1932 in a series of short stories that were published in Weird Tales magazine. The stories brought to life the “Sword and Sorcery” genre of writing and inspired over a thousand comic books, one hundred novels, three movies, two series, video games, as well as a variety of merchandise worldwide.
John Milius’ classic 1982 movie adaptation, Conan the Barbarian, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular character and earned co-star Sandahl Bergman a Golden Globe. Schwarzenneger reprised the character in the 1984 sequel Conan the Destroyer, this time directed by Richard Fleischer. Jason Momoa later took on the role in the 2011 Conan the Barbarian reboot from Marcus Nispel.
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The Conan the Barbarian series comes from Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Wheeler’s Pathfinder Media. Malmberg and Wheeler will executive producer the project via their Pathfinder Media banner.