A new Conan the Barbarian series is in the works at Amazon Prime Video.
The online giant has been shaking things up in its original TV department, as CEO Jeff Bezos has mandated a change of course away from the kind of smaller shows that have won Amazon awards to date and towards the kind of big hitters that draw audiences, such as Stranger Things and Game of Thrones.
The fantasy genre is a big part of that aim to become more mainstream, with Amazon buying the rights to The Lord of the Rings for a future TV project. Now, it’s building on that with Conan.
First created by Roberrt E. Howard, the books are being adapted for the screen by Colony co-creator Ryan Condal. Deadline reports that he has a “personal obsession with the material”, and is planning to retell the character’s story by going back to his literary origins – which see Conan, driven out of his tribal homeland, wandering to find a purpose in a place that rejects him as a savage.
Condal is exec-producing the project alongside Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik and Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield, and Pathfinder Media’s Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Wheeler. Endeavor Content are the studio for the programme, with Sapochnik at the helm. The result is expected to be different to the screen adaptation starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the animated series. Regardless, you can expect something visually impressive: Sapochnik is a hot ticket in the TV directing game, after winning an Emmy for the Game of Thrones episode Battle of the Bastards and helming the first episode of Netflix’s Altered Carbon.