If you're a fan of Robert E. Howard's classic book series Conan The Barbarian, you might be happy to learn that Amazon is currently developing a live-action series! According to Deadline, this series is being developed by Colony co-creator Ryan Condal, Game of Thrones‘ director Miguel Sapochnik, and Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield. According to the report:
Created and written by Condal, Conan retells the classic character’s story via a return to his literary origins. Driven out of his tribal homelands, Conan wanders the mysterious and treacherous world of civilization where he searches for purpose in a place that rejects him as a mindless savage.
At this point, it doesn't seem like we'll ever see that Conan sequel with Arnold Schwarzenegger, so this series could be the next best thing. My only hope is that the visual style will be inspired by the art of Frank Frazetta and that it will capture the spirit of the epic stories that Howard wrote. Apparently, Condel has had a personal obsession with the material. Hopefully, his love and obsession for the material will show in the series.
The creative goal to return to the original Robert E. Howard literary works and produce a series that is faithful to the spirit his Conan character. Conan the Barbarian aka Conan the Cimmerianr was created by Howard in 1932 in a series of fantasy stories published in Weird Tales magazine.
The biggest negative aspect of Condel's involvement is that he's the same guy who wrote Brett Ratner's Hercules with Dwayne Johnson, which sucked. But, everyone is allowed to have some turds on their resume. Nobody's perfect, but I hope that he wins with this project and delivers an incredibly epic Conan TV series!
This is the second big fantasy series that Amazon is taking on. They also recently announced that they will be developing a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.