Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be 'The Governator' on the Big Screen!
In case you hadn't heard, part of Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the entertainment world is going to include an animated series featuring the politician and action icon as The Governator. Now news from Deadline out of the MIPTV at Cannes says that the animated character would also be part of a 3D feature film. If you're unaware, the animated series is supposed to follow Schwarzenegger after his term as governor when he becomes The Governator, a crime fighter with a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood. We have a look at the animated hero below, and it's interesting to say the least.
Here's an awesome look at The Governator animated cover courtesy of EW:
Schwarzenegger went on to talk further about the animated series with Entertainment Weekly:
"When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool. The word Governator combined two worlds: the world of politics and the movie world. And [this cartoon] brings everything together. It combines the governor, 'The Terminator,' the bodybuilding world, the 'True Lies'…”
It's unclear if the style of the animated series would be the same in the feature film, but either way, the series won't hit the small screen until 2012, so the big screen adaptation is still a ways off. However, Stan Lee, who is collaborating with Schwarzenegger on the project, revealed some more details on the character:
“The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger. We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.”
The Governator would be dealing with villains like Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons, or rather, G.I.R.L.I.E. Men. Schwarzenegger will fight these and more villains with a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of “Super Suits” that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, a precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. You can also watch the trailer for the animated series right here.
Honestly, I'm not so sure this is the best way for an action icon like Schwarzengger to return to Hollywood. This project seems silly and almost like a failed project that was attempted in the 80's. I'd almost rather see him just do a live-action adaptation of "Captain Planet" than something like this. Hopefully outside of this multi-platform character he will make better choices for his return to the big screen. What do you think?