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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Reclaim Position as Action Hero King

by Larry Alonzo

If you've forgotten who the king of all action heroes is, at 67 years old, Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back to remind you. He's already set to star in in the new Terminator film, Terminator: Genisys, in the summer of 2015. Also, according to iDigital Times he's reprising his role in another action hero flick—Conan the Barbarian.

iDigital Times writer Andrew Whalen said that little is known so far about the film, aside from a tentative title, The Legend of Conan, and that Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center, Straight Outta Compton) has signed on as the screenwriter. But he suggests the storyline will take place during the King Conan era, in order to match the character of Conan more closely to 67-year-old Schwarzenegger.

The Conan storyline has certainly been underutilized as of late, with only a few recent projects. One is the Conan the Barbarian slot game on InterCasino. Noting itself as "the world’s first and only Conan the Barbarian slot," the game has players match symbols and images of Conan in order to gain prizes. Similarly, there's Age of Conan, a free-to-play online game that puts you right into the giant boots of the warrior. Additionally, there was the poorly received Conan the Barbarian film in 2011 starring Jason Momoa.

Needless to say, the timing is right for a quality remake starring Schwarzenegger, and he couldn't agree more. According to JoBlo , Schwarzenegger has been trying to convince the studio to revisit the story for 20 years, but they were never enthusiastic about it until now. In his excitement, they quoted him saying, "It is the greatest honor to be 67 years old and to still be asked to come back into all those franchises. Whether it is the Terminator movie or it is now Conan, it is fantastic!"

Conan the Barbarian isn't the only project Schwarzenegger is working on. During an interview with Digital Spy on Nov. 15, he said that there have been talks of creating a sequel to the 1987 Sci-Fi movie, The Running Man. "There's rumblings of a new Running Man movie, so it's a great honor to be asked back." said Schwarzenegger.

In response to questions of him taking on the physically demanding roles at his age, Schwarzenegger said, "It comes back to bodybuilding, I'm used to doing cardiovascular training every day ... Therefore I'm still in good shape, and I can do the action and have the energy to do these movies. They feel comfortable to ask me back and know that I can pull it off and do the stunts."

It looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of Schwarzenegger in the future. Now we just have to wait and see if you can teach an old dog new tricks.


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