We reported last month that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to be developing a new animated TV action adventure series with Stan Lee called The Governator, today the former Governor has announced at the MIPTV today in Cannes that not only will his project The Governator be an animated series, but the plan is also to turn it into a 3D feature film. According to the former governor the movie will be ready for an early 2013 release. I'm sure we'll see Schwarzenegger do a movie or two before we see this Governator project come to life. The guy is getting a ton of scripts and movie offers.
Schwarzenegger revealed that the project will start "with a 52-episode series that will feature the voice and animated image of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a super hero bent on beating the bad guys and the forces of evil."
When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool. The word Governator combined two worlds: the world of politics and the movie world. And [this cartoon] brings everything together. It combines the governor, the Terminator, the bodybuilding world, the True Lies…
Stan Lee had this to say:
The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger. We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.
The Governator will have several different things and people at his disposal such as an Arnold Cave, a fleet of super vehicles, "a closet full of “Super Suits” that will allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. Naturally, there will also be recurring supervillains — including an evil organization called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short)." Arnold goes on to say,
I love the idea of a control center below my house with a path so that boats and submarines can go right into the ocean. In the cartoon, my house is much closer to the beach than where we live, but, you know, it’s a cartoon.
It's not just a cartoon anymore. This thing is going to be transformed into a live-action 3D feature film as well. I'm interest in seeing how this project turns out. I think there is room for it to be good, and I hope it turns out to be an entertaining fun franchise.