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December 19, 2014
 

Whatever Happened to “The Governator” Series?

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Remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger was about to make his big comeback after leaving politics… then THE announcement happened?

Well, Arnold was supposed to star in the ill-fated animated series “The Governator” which frankly looked appalling as you can see from the trailer below.


The Governator – First Trailer by kahramanlarsinemada

“The Governator” looked like the type of spin-off cartoon you got from the 80’s like Rambo or RoboCop, which let’s face it, were pretty awful.

If successful, the show was going to go on to be made into a 3D movie which was due to come out in 2013 but neither the TV series nor the movie ever materialized.

I’d put the idea of the show out of my mind and hadn’t thought of it since… until the other day.  Upon doing a little digging, the show was dropped after Arnie’s news about his affair/child came to light.

Now this was way back in 2011 so it’s a good thing I’m so up to date with things (sigh) but according to Hero Complex, the showmakers dropped it after Schwarzenegger made his big announcement.

Here’s what they said below:

“In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production,” A Squared said in a statement referring to the various entities that were developing and producing “The Governator” and publishing a comic book based on the series. The producers had been selling broadcast rights to the series before the scandal broke, but no episodes have yet been shown on television.

A Squared said it made its decision after Schwarzenegger said Thursday that he was putting his upcoming movie projects, including “Cry Macho” and a “Terminator” sequel, on hold to focus on his personal life. But a person who works at A Squared, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak for the production company, said the show’s makers made the decision Thursday morning, before Schwarzenegger’s announcement.

According to a confidential outline for the show obtained by The Times, “The Governator” cast Schwarzenegger as a superhero who “leads a double life” that includes being “a devoted family man” who “has to remember his anniversary, his kids’ birthdays” in subplots that are “milked for comedy, tension and conflict.”

I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief that this show never happened as it really did look terrible, however since his comeback the movies haven’t been huge hits either, at least domestically. I think Terminator: Genisys will be his biggest box office for a while but his reputation is definitely soured with a lot of people.

On a random note, what’s been your favourite Arnie movie since his comeback?

The Expendables 1, 2, or 3, The Last Stand, Escape Plan or Sabotage?

 

Source: Hero Complex

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



 
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