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With Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stay in the California Governor’s mansion now over, many in the film industry have been attempting to court him for various projects and he’s considered many of them. Now, MovieWeb has sat down with Schwarzenegger’s True Lies co-star Tom Arnold and learned that new life may have come to the (long) rumored sequel.
Original director James Cameron (yup, that James Cameron) has been planning a TV series based on his 1994 action flick about a secret agent (Schwarzenegger) who learns his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) is involved with another man while his work for the U.S. government leads to the discovery of a terrorist organization with nuclear power.
The film was considered a success, having grossed nearly $380 million on only a $100-million budget. A sequel has long been a possibility, but with everyone’s careers going in so many directions, it never really took off, and that was only cemented by Schwarzenegger’s exit from entertainment for the political field.
Now, Arnold, who has been saying for years the sequel will happen, swears the project is picking up steam again. Talking to MovieWeb, he puts it rather bluntly:
“I have read a great True Lies 2 script, and I hope we are able to do it. Knock on wood. Arnold Schwarzenegger is excited. I am excited… There is a script that James Cameron and a guy named Jeff Eastin, who created the TV show White Collar, wrote. It is really great.”
Should the film come to the production stage, it is expected that Cameron will not direct, likely due to his numerous producing projects not to mention the two sequels for the “Avatar” series (when will he find the time to count his cash?). Arnold was mum on who he’d like to see direct it, but until Schwarzenegger’s camp comes forward with an actual announcement, we’ll keep our hopes(?) low for now. It has been 20 years after all.