Arnold Schwarzenegger, renowned for his iconic portrayal of Conan the Barbarian, recently shed light on the current state of the franchise in an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter. However, he revealed that the future of the series remains uncertain, whether it be a movie or a television adaptation, as the rights to the beloved character lie in the hands of Fredrik Malmberg.
"It's been pending for the last 10 years. [Fredrik] Malmberg owns the rights. He comes to me and says, 'Oh, I have a deal with Netflix,' and when we ask Netflix, they don't know anything about it. It's one of those perplexing situations," expressed Schwarzenegger.
"I hope he resolves it. I believe it should be approached like Unforgiven, where the character ages gracefully. There exists a remarkable script penned by John Milius, and other talented writers have contributed their versions as well.
The story is ripe for exploration, with several directors expressing their desire to be a part of it. Nonetheless, until he sells the rights for one or two films or the entire franchise, our hands are tied."
Schwarzenegger Contemplates Departure as The Terminator Legacy Evolves
During the same interview, Schwarzenegger acknowledged the continuation of the series.
However, he openly questioned his involvement in the forthcoming projects, considering the mixed reception the franchise endured, particularly with Dark Fate. The criticism from both fans and even the actors themselves weighs heavily in his contemplation.
"The franchise isn't over, but my part in it might be. I've received a clear message that the world is ready to embrace a fresh direction for The Terminator," Schwarzenegger disclosed. "Someone needs to devise a brilliant concept.
The Terminator played a significant role in my success, so I will always cherish it dearly." He further elaborated, "The first three movies were exceptional. I was absent from the fourth installment, Salvation, due to my gubernatorial duties.
However, the fifth film, Genisys, and the sixth film, Dark Fate, failed to meet my expectations. We knew beforehand that they suffered from subpar writing." As fans eagerly await news regarding the future of the Conan the Barbarian franchise and Arnold Schwarzenegger's involvement, the fate of the legendary character remains uncertain.