This past fall, a lanky, 6’4″, redheaded, Irish Catholic from Massachusetts named Conan made waves on the web with live broadcasts of variety programs meant to preview his imminent television premiere. Next summer, an inconceivably muscular, towering, long-haired, Cimmerian, also named Conan will star in a web series conceived to promote his rebooted film franchise.
Age of Conan: Hyboria! is a collaboration between Paradox Entertainment (the company that holds the trademark to all things Conan the Barbarian), Funcom (the video game publisher responsible for creating the MMORPG Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures), and a handful of comedy writers hailing from Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken. The web series will style itself after Red vs. Blue. Hyboria! will use machinima to manipulate in-game characters and environments from the Hyborian Adventures video game, creating a comedic storyline.
Marc Graser at Variety reports Mike Fasolo (writer on Robot Chicken) will pen the first episode, while comedian Harland Williams and fellow Robot Chicken-er Dan Milano will voice the characters. Milano is also on board to direct.
Paradox is hoping the web series will drum up publicity for their Conan redux, set to hit movie theaters August 19, 2011. Jason Momoa will play the role of the heroic, sullen-eyed, thief, reaver, and slayer. He’s certainly not as big as Schwarzenegger, but his English is probably better.