Schwarzenegger returning to films?
It seems like Arnold Schwarzenegger could be returning to Hollywood as early as 2011 according to news from the picket line and his spokesperson at the Governor's office.
It's very clear that he's not so keen on keeping his political career going, so there goes that idea of Schwarzenegger being President or sitting on the Senate, but the word seems to be out that he's looking for projects.
According to the gossip from high profile action writers across the strike line, agents have been making enquires pre-strike for projects that Arnie could be attached to, here's the word from Past Deadline through The Hollywood Reporter:
"A few high-profile writers of action films who wished not to be ID'd (you know how that is) were heard conferring that before the strike hit, agents were putting out feelers for material and pitches to develop projects with Schwarzenegger in mind. Nothing specific yet. All just preliminary stuff."
Now at the moment that's just hearsay, but Ray Richmond went a little deeper and tried to get hold of Arnie's agent. That was a no go since he was out of town on holidays, but his political spokesperson wasn't, and when Richmond talked to him he agreed to run it by his boss, and here's what he got back:
"Once the governor's current term is up, he may go back to the movies, or devote energy to business, or continue working on environmental issues, or run a foundation -- or start painting!...But the governor has decided nothing final as yet and is devoting his energy to the job of running the state."
So Richmond pressed him on the fact that the statement hadn't included a political option, was he aware of that? The answer was a simple yes.
Wow, that certainly looks like no more politics, and if there is genuine talk along the picket line that Arnie is out looking for projects, then this could be a big return. Unfortunately Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins is due out in 2009, so there's a bit of a gap there, however here's a possibility.
He could do a cameo in the first film of the new trilogy, or skip it entirely, and then appear in the second. After all the timeline could be right for the machines/John Connor sending him back for one of the other films. What do you think?
Regardless of that the article ponders the possibility that Arnold Schwarzenegger is interested in returning because his old action pals are doing so well right now, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone, and even Harrison Ford is proving that age isn't a problem.
Could we be seeing Arnie back? Do we want to?