Conan the barbarian could be on his way to Netflix.
The streamer is developing a live-action series based on the iconic character created by Robert E. Howard, Variety has confirmed. Conan first appeared in comic books way back in the 1930s, and has already appeared in multiple different big screen adventures.
No details on the plot or timeframe of this new series have been revealed as yet. However, what has been confirmed is that it hails from Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Wheeler’s Pathfinder Media, and is part of a larger deal for the exclusive rights to the Conan library which is currently in the works between Netflix and Conan Properties International, which is owned owned by Cabinet Entertainment.
As part of the potential deal, Netflix would have the right to adapt Conan properties for film and TV in both the live-action and animated spaces. Malmberg and Wheeler will executive producers this prospective series via their Pathfinder banner.
On the film side, Conan was most famously played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 John Milius pic “Conan the Barbarian,” and then again for the 1984 sequel “Conan the Destroyer.”
Most recently, Conan was played on the big screen by “Game of Thrones” and “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa for the 2011 film with the same name as the first Schwarzenegger pic. The Momoa version was a pretty significant box office flop, only grossing $64 million worldwide from a budget of over $90 million.
There have also been multiple Conan adaptations on the TV front, most notably the animated series “Conan the Adventurer” which aired on syndication in the early 1990s. CBS aired a sequel to that series called “Conan and the Young Warriors,” running for a single season in 1994.