Casting Net: Arnold Schwarzenegger reviving Conan the Barbarian in new film. Plus: Adam Sandler, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is attached to revive the character that launched his career from bodybuilder to movie star, playing Conan the Barbarian in The Legend of Conan. Though the basic story is in place — King Conan wants to die after one final chance to crush his enemies, see them driven before him, and hear the lamentations of their women — the film has no director or screenwriter yet in place. Producer Chris Morgan (who penned Wanted and the last three Fast and Furious movies, and will write the next two) may take to the typewriter depending on his schedule, though Universal apparently wants this for the summer of 2014. The failed reboot with Jason Momoa will be ignored, naturally, but its producer, Fredrik Malmberg, is also driving this sequel. [Deadline]

• Adam Sandler is set to star, write, and produce the comedy Western Ridiculous 6, which sounds like the perfect placeholder title for an Adam Sandler movie but is actually a riff on the title of the classic Western The Magnificent Seven (itself a remake of the feudal Japanese film Seven Samurai). Regular Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy (Bedtime Stories, Happy Gilmore) will co-write with Sandler; no director is attached. [THRDeadline]

• Patrick WilsonMatt BomerLiv Tyler, and Jerry O’Connell, have wrapped production on Space Station 76, a dramatic comedy set in, yup, a space station that looks at feels like “the future” as seen from the 1970s. Wilson plays the station’s unstable captain, and Tyler the new second-in-command who rocks the boat. The indie film is the feature writing and directing debut of longtime character actor Jack Plotnick (perhaps best known to EW readers as Deputy Mayor Allan Finch on Buffy the Vampire Slayer). [THR]

• Patricia ArquetteMichael Imperioliand Boardwalk Empire‘s Vincent Piazza will star in crime romance The Wannabe, about a man (Piazza) who yearns to be a mobster, and the struggling woman (Arquette) he loves. Imperioli would play Piazza’s straight-and-narrow brother. Actor Nick Sandow (Resurrecting the Champ) is writing and directing. [Variety]

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