Netflix always seems to bring something new to the scene, and most recently they’re taking the old and making it new with a Conan the Barbarian television series. Created by Robert E. Howard in 1932, Conan the Barbarian is the beloved campy compilation of over fifty adventurous novels starring Conan the Cimmerian. Swordsman and thief of the Hyborian age, Conan is revered as one of the greatest epic heroes.
Howard’s twelve years of writing this impressive body of material paved the way for following works in the “sword and sorcery” genre, as well as popular adaptations. In 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger played the Cimmerian in Conan the Barbarian, followed by its sequel Conan the Destroyer in 1984. The most recent film to feature this renowned character- again titled Conan the Barbarian– was released in 2011, starring Jason Momoa. But the praise doesn’t stop there. Marvel Comics ran the famous fantasy hero’s stories from 1970 to 1995, and Dark Horse Comics brought the epic back to the glossy pages from 2003 to 2018.
Netflix and Conan Properties International have struck a deal to acquire rights to Conan’s vast body of literary content. This means all of The Conan Chronicles, including books, films and comics, and can manifest in both live-action or animation.
If you think this is daring, wait till you hear what else Netflix has in store for adapting literary intellectual property. Rumor has it that they’re in the process of attaining permissions to adapt children’s author, Roald Dahl‘s, books to television as well.