Amazon Developing A ‘Conan the Barbarian’ TV Series
Amazon is planning to bring ‘Conan the Barbarian’ to the small screen in a new live-action tv series it has been announced.
The shows comes from Ryan Condal, co-creator of sci-fi series ‘Colony’, Emmy winning ‘Game Of Thrones’ director Miguel Sapochnik, and exec producer Warren Littlefield, whose work includes acclaimed series ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
This isn’t the first time ‘Conan’ has been made into a live-action tv show, but the short-lived 1997 version strayed quite far from Robert E. Howard’s original source material. This version will go back to the novels, telling the story of the warrior, driven out of his tribal homelands, and wandering the mysterious and treacherous world of civilization where he searches for purpose in a place that rejects him as a mindless savage.
This is the perfect title to fit with Amazon’s recent push to look for ‘Game of Thrones’ style big budget shows with a broader, global, appeal over smaller niche dramas. Both Condal, who will write the series, and Sapochnik, who will presumably direct, are massive fans of Howard’s original novels, so you can bet they are going to want to treat it with respect. Plus, Sapochnik was the person responsible for directing GoT’s incredible ‘Battle of the Bastards’, so I would expect some epic scenes on screen!
Along with the 90’s ‘Conan the Adventurer’ series, there have been a couple of animated shows and, of course, the 80’s movies ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and ‘Conan the Destroyer’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jason Momoa then went to take on the role in a 2011 film version of ‘Conan the Barbarian’, but it failed to impress critics or the box office.
The ‘Conan the Barbarian’ tv series is still only in development right now for Amazon, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.
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