Rumors have been flying that Arnold Schwarzenegger (now freed from his duties as governator of California) will be returning to the character that launched his acting career: CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

For fans of the 1982 movie bearing that title (all of whom have agreed to forget it’s vastly inferior sequel), this is great news.

All we know for sure right now is that this teaser poster has been released at the Cannes Film Festival.

Reportedly the new movie will be called LEGEND OF CONAN and will feature Conan in his latter-day role as King of Aquilonia. Robert E. Howard fans are of course hoping that the new movie draws from actual REH Conan stories such as “Phoenix On the Sword” and/or “The Scarlet Citadel.”

Personally I’d love to see a faithful adaptation of Howard’s only Conan novel, “Hour of the Dragon,” which is undoubtedly King Conan’s greatest adventure. (It was also published as CONAN THE CONQUEROR.)

(Thanks to Cosmic BookNews for the report.)