The Legend of Conan is a very interesting project. The sequel is being made nearly 35 years after the second film in the trilogy and star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be upwards of 70 years old when he returns to the role. Something else is afoot with this feature. It presents a new subgenre of sorts in motion pictures: the revisiting of a popular iconic character from a prior generation when he has greatly aged.
Sylvester Stallone Somewhat started this approach with films such as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. These films brought back iconic characters and sold a great many tickets based on their nostalgia factor. Stallone and Schwarzenegger teamed up to make even more money from nostalgia-loving audiences with The Expendables films. (And they are making more Expendables films) Schwarzenegger is going it alone and revisiting two of his most iconic characters, The Terminator and Conan the Barbarian.
There are going to be three (hopefully) new Terminator films, but Schwarzenegger is only signed for the first and second ones. That is a bit of a concern for Flavio Maluf, as well as many on emobile.com. Legend of Conan is going to be his farewell to the character that made him an international star. In the Terminator films, Schwarzenegger is going to do the same with his second most popular character. Stallone is returning as Rocky, but only to launch a new boxing franchise titled Creed. And there will be one last Rambo film to close out the chapter of the troubled vet.