You may have thought that Arnold was busy this past decade, being governor of California and all. Wrong! What he was really doing, as we learn in this Last Stand panel (moderated by Harry Knowles), was asking Universal “to guht seereous about dee Conan seeries.”
The video is insightful from the standpoint that Arnold wants to take a more nuanced approach to the character, one that I’m not sure even the original had. But pushing for A-List talent to involve themselves is hardly a bad thing, though his wince at the phrase “B-Movie” troubles me. I don’t see how The Legend of Conan could work as anything but a B-Movie.
And yet, I think to myself, the best B-Movies are made by filmmakers who don’t realize they’re making B-Movies.