Arnold “The Governator” Schwarzenegger – He Will Be Back. Unfortunately.
Austro-American and all-round Big man, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has recently ended his 8 year term as Governor of California. Many though that the 63-year old would be taking a little time off, and slowing down after it. But no. As he promised us all those years ago – He’ll be back!
And so he is. Sadly though, there is some suggestion that perhaps he shouldn’t have bothered. His first foray back into the entertainment world is slated to be as the central character in a new superhero project, named “The Governator”.
“First will come (The Governator) comic books, then a (cartoon) TV series and after that we will develop the games and then a (3D) movie,” Schwarzenegger told a packed room of international journalists at global TV market MipTV in Cannes. “Maybe then we’ll be back in Cannes for that.”
Development of The Governator project is being done comic book legend Stan Lee and A Squared Entertainment. The show (and comic books, and movie presumably) will be exactly what the title suggests: Arnold voices and is the design basis for a ex-Governor turned superhero who will fight bad guys, solve problems and live a quiet family life in his off time. Or something like that.
Big Arnie also took the opportunity in Cannes to give the assembled [star struck/awestruck/dumbstruck] journalists a taste of what to expect by showing them the first trailer for the new animated series.
The trailer begins with the animated Schwarzenegger stepping down as Governor of California supposedly to spend more time with his family. In reality though, he’s about to launch into his new career as the super hero, crime fighting Governator!
Watch out near the beginning of the trailer for a cameo appearance by CNN’s talk show legend Larry King playing the role of an news reporter (like King Larry will ever be giving up his plush studio to be a journalist in the trenches again!). Schwarzenegger said that the King role would be a recurring character throughout the series, and that there was a “long list” of celebrity voice talent that was interested in participating in The Governator, from actors “to politicians, tycoons and business men.”
And if guest appearances from super-celebs like Larry King aren’t enough to whet your appetite, catch the Black Eye Peas providing Pump It back-beats to the action.
Schwarzenegger also confirmed he is returning to live action features, saying he will soon be “getting back in front of the camera.” He did not provide any details except to say he has been offered numerous scripts ranging from “action to comedy to sequels” and would be announcing his first new project soon.