Similar but there are some howardian elements (the racism) that need to be left in the past. Keep the action, the otherworldly monsters the contempt for civilization. Ditch the racist nonsense.
I disagree. What you are calling racism is something that lends authenticity to Conan's universe.
In many fantasy universes, there is "racism" between elves and dwarves. Typically, the two races can't stand each other. And, that lends authenticity to that world.
In this PC world we live in, we can accept the elf/dwarf thing, but it gets too real if we're talking about human races.
And, let's not forget, Howard wrote "racism" against his main character. Just look at the opening scene in The Tower of the Elephant. The "civilized" people turned their noses at the barbarian.
We shouldn't have another standard just because Conan won't leave a white woman captive, in the hands of Kushites.
“You said I was a barbarian,” he said harshly, “and that is true, Crom be thanked. If you
had had men of the outlands guarding you instead of soft-gutted civilized weaklings, you
would not be the slave of a black pig this night. I am Conan, a Cimmerian, and I live by
the sword’s edge. But I am not such a dog as to leave a white woman in the clutches of a
black man; and though your kind call me a robber, I never forced a woman against her
consent. Customs differ in various countries, but if a man is strong enough, he can enforce
a few of his native customs anywhere. And no man ever called me a weakling!”
“If you were old and ugly as the devil’s pet vulture, I’d take you away from Bajujh.
simply because of the color of your hide.”
“But you are young and beautiful, and I have looked at black sluts until I am sick at the
guts. I’ll play this game your way, simply because some of your instincts correspond with
some of mine.
Heck, even the Picts, who are a white race, are also spoken of with what can be considered racist opinions--and Howard points this out in Beyond The Black River.
"I never liked the fat fool, but we can't have Pictish devils making so cursed free with white men's heads."
The Picts were a white race, though swarthy, but the border men never spoke of them as such.