A few days ago, we reported that Arnold Schwarzenegger was planning to return to the Terminator franchise with Fast Five director Justin Lin at the helm. However, acting robotically on purpose won’t be Schwarzenegger’s first post-governorship gig. Vulture reports that Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in the drama Cry Macho for director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer). The film, based on the novel the late N. Richard Nash (who also wrote the screenplay before he died in 2000), would see Schwarzenegger as “a damaged-goods horse trainer who’s just been ignominiously put out to pasture by his feckless boss. In exchange for some retirement money, the broken — and broke — horseman agrees to kidnap the boss’ 11-year-old son from his rich Mexican ex-wife. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when the ex-wife is all too glad to be rid of her juvenile delinquent.” Oh, good. Schwarzenegger will be acting opposite a kid. Those movies always turn out so well.
Hit the jump for more on Cry Macho and Schwarzenegger’s other projects.
The plan for Cry Macho is to sell the rights at Cannes and start shooting by this summer. Schwarzenegger was actually attached to the project before he ran for governor and had to drop out. Now that he’s back on board, original producer Al Ruddy (Million Dollar Baby) will team with District 9 producer and financier Bill Block to get funds for the project.
As for Schwarzenegger, he’s hit the ground running in his bid to return to acting. I’m still dubious that audiences want him back, but Schwarzengger is clearly convinced that they do. In addition to Terminator 5 (a film I couldn’t care less about unless it was a total reboot), Schwarzenegger is also developing his own potential (and awful-looking) franchise called The Governator. He’s also been rumored for roles in With Wings as Eagles, The Last Stand, The Tomb, and sequels to Predator and The Running Man.