Arnold Schwarzenegger has been trying to make another 'Conan the Barbarian' movie ''for 20 years''.

The 67-year-old Hollywood actor - who starred in the 1982 original - is set to reprise the iconic role in the much-anticipated 'The Legend of Conan', and has revealed he's desperate to get stuck into the part.

In a statement, Schwarzenegger said: ''I've tried to convince them now for 20 years to go back and continue with the 'Conan' series and they were not as enthusiastic as I was.

''But then later, new management came in at Universal and they saw it entirely differently. They came to me right away and said they want to pick up the 'Conan' series.''

Meanwhile, producer/co-writer Chris Morgan has told fans to expect a ''worthy'' successor to the original movie.

He explained to ''Our marching orders from the studio were to create a film worthy as a successor to the 1982 film, which was pretty brutal.

''To Conan it's not about fancy sword moves; it's about the fastest and most effective way of disposing of your enemy - a dance of death, maybe, at least primal.

''In my opinion, Conan is beloved because of his political incorrectness. He doesn't think; he just acts. People can relate to the freshness of somebody who doesn't give a damn about civilisation - in fact, despises it.''