Terminator 5 can wait! Vulture reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s initial return to the world of filmmaking will be Cry Macho, about an aging horse trainer who agrees to kidnap his ex-boss’ son for cash out of desperation, only it turns out the kid’s mom doesn’t want him back! If this “old, unappreciated Western guy caught in a criminal conundrum” plot sounds like something Clint Eastwood would do, you’d be right—while Arnold has been attached to the movie for a decade plus, it was Eastwood producers courted when the Schwarz was busy being governor of California.
While Macho definitely sounds like less than a sure thing, it’s pretty astute of Arnold to pick a fresh, cred-building role as he returns to Hollywood, instead of immediately humping the corpse of an old action franchise (though he’ll undoubtedly do that soon enough). After all, if the overgrown action star could pull off a two-term career as governor, who’s to say he couldn’t muscle his way towards a respectable dramatic career? In a decade, he may even be playing King Le-ah.
Remember how the tagline for the original Terminator movie was “The thing that won’t die, in the nightmare that won’t end”? Kind of ironic, huh? Deadline reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger-lead Terminator sequels might be on the way unless John Connor can do something…oh wait, we mean if any studios take interest in the rights package Arnold’s agency sent out yesterday. Fast Five director Justin Lin is rumored to direct, guaranteeing the number of explosions per second will almost be high enough to distract from us the question, “Why would Skynet make a cyborg that looks 63?”
After leaving office in January, Schwarzenegger has burst out of the gate with his new superhero The Governator and a related animate series. We support anything that draws from Arnold’s iconic roles (we wouldn’t kick a True Lies sequel out of bed), but when it comes to his man-machine, Terminator: Resurrection put the steel nail in the time-traveling coffin on that one. It’s a bad day when the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger as President of the European Union seems less awful, but seriously, did you see Terminator: Resurrection? Don’t look at us, Arnold. Blame McG.