It has been learned that Amazon is currently working on a Conan the Barbarian TV Series with an impressive team–and budget–for the foreseen future.
According to a new report from Deadline earlier today, the project will be an adaptation of the original stories written by Robert E. Howard and not the comic books that went into publishing a decade later in the life of the Samarian. Hence, the source material will also not turn towards the movies that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The synopsis is fairly simple and will follow Conan the Barbarian as he leaves his tribal homelands in search for a purpose in a treacherous world that considers him a savage. The mythos has always featured mysterious characters, magical artifacts, and buried secrets. The eponymous hero will be coming across all of that and more during his adventures in his new television debut.
The Conan the Barbarian TV Series is being helmed by Colony co-creator Ryan Condal, Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, and Fargo executive producer Warren Littlefield. There is no word on how many episodes the first season will include or the cast. The project should start leaking more information and details in the coming months but it seems unlikely that the premiere can be expected to be anytime soon.
This is not the first time that Amazon has jumped into the fantasy genre, having invested quite a bit last year to bring The Lord of the Rings to its streaming network in an episodic form. It remains unknown as to how much the company had to pay to acquire the rights for Conan the Barbarian.