'Conan the Barbarian' Series in Development at Netflix

Conan the Barbarian (1982)- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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What is best in life? Netflix is betting it might be a series adaptation of Conan the Barbarian.

The streamer is developing a project based on Robert E. Howard's pulp stories. It stems from a deal between Netflix and Conan Properties International, which is owned by Fredrik Malmberg's Cabinet Entertainment. Pathfinder Media, headed by Malmberg and Mark Wheeler, will produce.

The deal gives Netflix the option to acquire rights to Howard's catalog and develop both series and feature films, either live action or animated. The series project is a live action.

Netflix's potential series is the second streaming effort at the character in recent years. Amazon in 2018 developed a show based on Howard's works, with Pathfinder Media also involved, but it didn't move forward.

Conan was famously played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in two movies in the early 1980s. Jason Momoa took on the role in a 2011 movie that offered a new take on the character.

Howard's Conan stories, mostly published in Weird Tales magazine, set a blueprint for the sword-and-sorcery genre. The original stories have also been adapted into scores of novels and comic books, an animated TV series and a live-action syndicated show.

Should it go forward, a Conan series at Netflix would join a list of fantasy titles at Netflix that includes breakout The Witcher, Warrior Nun and Cursed.

Deadline first reported the news.