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So Arnold's Next Film Will Be...?

Nordling here.

Deadline is reporting tonight that Arnold Schwarzenegger has closed the deal on his next film.  There's been speculation on just what film he'd be making next, whether he'd return to the TERMINATOR franchise, or some other big action film.  The worldwide rights will be sold at this year's Cannes, and the film is titled...


Yep, that's the title.  The film is ostensibly about Arnold's character, a horse breeder who loses his wife and son in a tragic accident after he wins the Kentucky Derby.  Despondent and a drunk, Arnold's character gets a new lease on life when the rich investor he works for tells him to get his son out of Mexico or be fired.  I'm not sure if this is an action film, a drama, or a comedy, but I'd be surprised if there isn't some bonding that takes place as Arnold and the investor's son try to make it back home.

The script is actually based on a novel by N. Richard Nash, and I'm not sure how loyal the screenplay is to the book, but there's a large amount of money being shelled out for this one, with Arnold getting a $12.5 million check plus 25% of the first dollar gross.  The film is being produced by Al Ruddy.

So what do you think?  Disappointed he's not jumping into TERMINATOR?  Personally, I'd understand it if Arnold wanted to test the waters a little bit - he's not exactly in COMMANDO shape anymore and this one doesn't seem so much like an action movie but more of a dramedy, which may be a safe bet for him.  I'm just glad he's coming back to the screen.

Nordling, out.

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  • May 4, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    bless you Arnold

    by golden tribw

  • May 4, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I hope it's good

    by golden tribw

    He deserves more work. The man is the biggest action star in the history of film. Fuck everyone else.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

  • May 4, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

    turn that into a meme

  • May 4, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Is this 'The Rundown 2'?

    by Prydie

    I hope this is more fun than his last few movies.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    The next time Arnold is in good shape it will be a special effect

    by JackSlater4

    You should all get used to that idea now because it is inevitable and will prove to be fruitful.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Not The Rundown 2...

    by Dingleberry Jones

    Needs to be more in the vein of Dutch 2, with Ah-nuld taking over for Ed O'Neil.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST


    by Manatee

    Arnold is old and fat. He'll probably need a stunt double just to butcher the English language.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Surprised it isn't The Expendables 2

    by Ruester

    I didn't expect him to jump back into the Terminator franchise this early (if ever again for that matter), but it seems like the production for the next Expendables is full steam ahead and would be perfect to get back in the game.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Arnold as Kid Shelleen

    by Fred

  • May 4, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    A Comedy? Dont sound like it to me...

    by Cinemajerk

    How could you call THAT premise a comedy? Let alone a dramedy?! His wife and kid die in a tragic accident? Hes a drunk? He is threatened to be fired from the ranch he works at unless he saves his bosses son who was kidnapped in Mexico? Yeah...a REAL laugh riot THAT sounds like. Put down thd crack pipe. Lol. This is soooo obviously a premise for a typical Arnold action revenge flick ala Collateral Damage.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Well, since I live 15 minutes from Churchill Downs--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    --and since the story involves Arnold winning the Kentucky Derby, that means the Austrian Oak will be coming to my town! At least for a week or so! That kind of rocks!

  • May 4, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    I was hoping against hope that . . .

    by theKRELL

    Arnolds first foray back to the cinema would be a reboot of the remake of TOTAL FUCKING RECALL!!!

  • I didn't even like his scene in the first one. They shouldn't have improved the first scene between Stallone and Schwarzenegger in cinema history for fucks sake, that would be like Pacino and De Niro ad libbing at the cafe table in HEAT... Bring him back for #2 and make him as badass as Terry Crews was in #1, without any stupid wisecracks.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Really, a comedy?

    by HansBubi

    The set up makes it sound like a drama, yet the article suggests two times that it might have a strong comedic side. I know there isn't enough information yet to know for sure, yet man-loses-his-wife-and-son doesn't immediately make me think "comedy." If Nordling is right, this could be the darkest comedy since Robin William's World's Greatest Dad.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    improved = improvised ...

    by golden tribw

  • what about the latter? I thought that was the surest bet at this stage. And what's happened/ing to the goofy Governator stuff he was talking up? Oh well, will still be there to catch this soon as it's out

  • May 4, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    It sounds like . . . I'm not interested.

    by kabong

    If this is what Arnold is going to do, he should settle for secondary roles and slowly fade into TV and retirement oblivion.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Arnold Isn't Eastwood

    by Acquanetta

    I'm not sure why everyone thinks an older role will automatically make an action star "just like Eastwood". It's not as though Eastwood just started making dramas or directing Oscar-caliber films. He's literally been honing this kind of thing for decades. He can also get audiences to watch, because he didn't build his career on big-budget action films. For this reason, I suspect Cry Macho will have to veer closer to a more established genre for Arnold (ie. light comedy) than anything overly serious or dramatic. However, if he is trying to branch out, I'm surprised he demanded such a big payday. $12.5 million is roughly 1/3 of Gran Torino's budget!

  • May 4, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Arnold is still

    by Hipshot

    One of the most recognizable performers in the world. 12.5 is less than half his last paycheck, and I can understand someone thinking the gamble was worth it. Meanwhile, that gives him more time to push himself back into the best shape possible. He'll never look like he did, but he can still be massive and intimidating.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by Super Rabbi

    Ya, Arnold as a horse breeder. That was the one I was waiting to see.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    PREDATORS 2 is what he better be in.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • May 4, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Come on, he can still pull that one off!

  • May 4, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    BTW, this sounds like Collateral Damage to me

    by D.Vader

    Aside from the title, this doesn't sound comical to me in the slightest.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Because Hollywood loves its remakes...

    by WeylandYutani

    They should remake the King's Speech with Schwarzenegger as Bertie and Stallone as Lionel. Oscar. Gold.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Seriously though...

    by WeylandYutani

    I guess with the reboot of the Conan franchise I suppose King Conan is never going to happen. Otherwise I wouldn't mind seeing Schwarzenegger's long dormant Crusade project.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    It's a drama!

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    When the cartoon announcement was made this was also described in detail in EW. Old news.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    is Arnold playing the horse?

    by nolan bautista

    that would be a hell of a comeback..

  • May 4, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this the premise for Rambo V?

    by Larrylongballs

    Sounds like recycling to me.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Schwarzenegger can't save Terminator

    by Jungle Fish

    There hasn't been a good Terminator film since Judgment Day. How could anyone feel bad about Schwarzenegger not continuing to piss all over that bright legacy? Terminator Salvation was a pretty decent flick. But it was a god-awful Terminator movie, and it handled the mythology like a grubby savage with ants skittering up his ass. I don't believe we necessarily need James Cameron to make a good Terminator film, but we need folk who are passionate about the IP, and who actually understand it. I have no faith we'll ever see that.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah I read about this at least 2 weeks ago

    by jimmy_009

    Pretty old news. But sounds like a good project, if they change the terrible title. Not Dylan Dog bad, but still not going to put asses in the seats.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    How long is Hollywood gonna drag out this one-dimensional joker!

    by CeejayNightwing

    His cameo in Expendables was the best thing he'd been in since T2. His movies barely made a profit past the stuff associated with James Cameron. The guy can't act, he's fat, he's old and he's long past any quick edits doing their best to make his slow ass look good in action scenes. if he was a horse, they'd have shot him long ago!

  • May 4, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    What, no sequel to Junior?

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • May 4, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    I've got the perfect idea for Arnold's next movie

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Since Dr. Heiter got killed in the first film, Arnold should replace him as the insane surgeon in "Human Centipede 2." He could sew Danny DeVito, Tom Arnold, Alyssa Milano, Brigitte Nielsen, Edward Furlong & Richard Dawson together.

  • May 4, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    goldentribe! You make my point buddy!

    by Ruester

  • May 4, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST


    by Ruester

    As a legendary action star coming back in the game, his co star would be Terry Crews! Gotta restart somewhere I guess

  • May 4, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by Some Dude

    Please, just do Crusade.

  • May 5, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by Henry Fool

    I'm glad he's making movies, again. Despite his limited range as an actor, I still love his early movies, the first Conan, Terminator 1 & 2 and Predator.<br /> <br /> But his star has clearly been waning since "The Last Action Hero". He hasn't had a major hit since "True Lies". By the time, he appeared on "Batman & Robin" his status as superstar were days left behind him. That said, is it really wise to phone up a 12.5 million dollar paycheck? It sounds like someone is still living in the 80's.

  • Think about it. Its just common sense.

  • May 5, 2011, 1:38 a.m. CST

    He's fucking awful.

    by blackflowerX

    He can't act for shit,I have a soft spot for his 80's sci fi shit ,and he played a being a terminator really well. <BR><BR> Sadly , he's like a fucking robot in every other film too.He's the same in everything.

  • May 5, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Expendables 2 should be about ....

    by MontyBoy

    Bruce Willis sending Arnie and his team (Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Wesley Snipes etc.)on some crazy mission which is packed with more testosterone than Predator. This could set up the third film which then has them lock horns with Stallone's team, until they all finally unite in an effort to take on Bruce Willis's double crossing outfit and results in some glorious death scenes (think Dirty Dozen, Seven Samurai)

  • May 5, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by paul burnett

    Who cares,really? Who actually is interested in arnies next film.He's a jobbin actor at best.12 million!! fuckin joke..

  • May 5, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    massive Arnie fan but YAWN

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    This sounds like shit. I bet we get some fucking journeyman directing too.

  • May 5, 2011, 2:55 a.m. CST


    by F-18

  • May 5, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST



    Lol? O.K. obviously Terminator is a bad idea. This is more the type of film he should be doing. But from that brief description it doesn't sound very good, and doesn't sound very "commercial." 12.5 mil for a direct to DVD movie? His agent scored him a nice one here.

  • May 5, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Horrible fucking title

    by Travis

    Would have rather seen Arnie come back with a bigger role in Expendables 2. Guess this is a wait and see but please, change the fucking title. Terrible.

  • May 5, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Fat cheque Arnie!

    by M

    But are you worth it? PS. Am I the only one who liked End of Days? Liked the downbeat ending, and Ahnuld sacrifices himself as well. First film (exc Terminators) that he's died in.

  • May 5, 2011, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Gotta agree with Hansbubi

    by filmcoyote

    This in no way sounds comedic from what's written here Nordling. Sure the title is daft and the idea of Arnold in a serious acting dramatic role is hilarious, but nothing here gives any hint of comedy or dramedy as you seem to claim. Do you have info you're not sharing or are you just an idiot?

  • May 5, 2011, 4:15 a.m. CST

    "Schwarzenegger can't save Terminator"

    by Red

    What pinky said.

  • May 5, 2011, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Jaah dahtz riight! Duh moohvee iz cawld crii nahcho dere becuz

    by UltraTron

    dish moohvee oont vill be abohwt duh, duuhowdjewsay?..duh cryink and duh sadness dere ven eeting da nachohze

  • May 5, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Sounds like absolute Rubbish!

    by hallmitchell


  • May 5, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Arnie has been about the pay cheque for a long time.

    by hallmitchell

    It's a shame nothing has change. If anyone knows Arnie. Please beg him NOT to do this.

  • May 5, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Does he cry in the movie?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Does he dance to "Macho Man" by the Village People?

  • May 5, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    I watched The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

    by brokentusk

    It was the very definition of average television.

  • May 5, 2011, 5:03 a.m. CST

    What the Hell?

    by Poloboy

    I hope he plays the trainer of the horse, and not the jockey! Isn't he physically too large to play a former jockey? If he does play a former jockey, I hope this thing is a comedy.

  • May 5, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Come see my new movie HORSE ON FIRE!

    by YackBacker

    Schwarzenegger in Mexico is as alien a pairing as Nordling with Pauline Kael.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST

    It's Over

    by Autodidact

    I'm not interested in any new Schwarzenegger starring movies... he's almost getting too old to play senior military staff, or any kind of man on a mission movie like this one that sounds a hell of a lot like the plot of Collateral Damage to me...

  • May 5, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Oh and Worst Title Ever

    by Autodidact

    It must be some kind of troll or just a working title. Because I've almost never heard such a stupid combination of words.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Cry Macho is based on..

    by chuffsterUK

    ...a novel published in the 70s,so cries of `dumb movie title`or `rip off plot`can be put to rest.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    And poloboy...

    by chuffsterUK's says`Horse BREEDER`,not jockey!

  • May 5, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    His wife and son were killed in Collateral Damage!

    by BigTuna

  • get in shape for this role, and in a year he will be back in TERMINATOR shape.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by PoppaRotzi

    ...I'll have 2, please.

  • May 5, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    KING CONAN next, please

    by ATARI

  • May 5, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Schwarzenegger can save Terminator but only with:

    by theyreflockingthisway

    Cameron, Hamilton and Furlong along with him. That's never going to happen so I say lets just let the Terminator series die. We've had two great movies and story was finished - Judgement Day has long since passed now. One amazing first film followed by one of the best sequels of all time is all we need.

  • May 5, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    aint it april news.

    by vulturess

  • May 5, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't 25% of the first dollar be a quarter?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    That crazy Arnie...what a shrewd negotiator. No wonder California's bankrupt.

  • May 5, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    And Ricarleite3...

    by Cletus Van Damme post of the week.

  • May 5, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Relic of a superficial era

    by gaygoonie

    The '80s were all about big hair, big muscles...we've evolved since then. Has Arnold?

  • May 5, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't it be easier?

    by jasvll

    To just rerelease The Rundown in theaters. That one had the Walken.

  • May 5, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by Cureguy

    Seriously? You all are fucking idiots criticizing an early 80's cinematic classic. The skillful direction of John Milius, the masterful cinematography of Duke Callaghan, Fucking "Riders Of Doom" by Basil Poledouris,great action with no bullshit CGI,beheadings,Sandahl Bergmans fine tits & ass, Ron Cobb's art direction,Mako,James Earl Fuckin' Jones! Arny at his best and rated a real R! downgraded from and earlier X rating. PUHLEEEZE! In twenty years Milius's film will still be recognized as a classic and this pixellated vomit is going to be forgotten as 3D fad related cash grab.

  • May 5, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    cletus and ricarleite3

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Good on both of you for making me laugh

  • May 5, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I don't WANT him back in Terminator!

    by Jaster

    His time is DONE! It would make no sense whatsoever to have an old wrinkly-assed Arnold as a Terminator. It would be laughably stupid. The only thing I really WANT him to do is King Conan but that's obviously not going to work now with the new movie coming out.

  • May 5, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by Nick

  • May 5, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Who is yo daddy, und vut dus he do?

    by Jaster

    GET TO DUH CHOPPAH! Sorry, it just had to be said.

  • May 5, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    pud tat cukie down

    by quintana007

    pud tat cukie down now!!

  • May 5, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by Leto III

  • May 5, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    cureguy, damn straight

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    and how does this guy look any more like Conan than Arnold. I dont remember Conan being a fucking swimsuit model. At least Arnold looked brutish.

  • May 5, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Yeah... so they're making Paradise Lost with Sack as Satan.

    by Pvt. Duke

  • May 5, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    theyreflockingthisway - just saw Furlong in The Green Hornet..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    .lets just say the years have not been kind.

  • May 5, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    oh and the title sucks

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    BIG TIME (would be cool) Since they start filming the Colin Farrell Total Recall soon, have a cameo with Arnold exiting Rekall as Colin enters stating.."Wow..what a trip.."

  • May 5, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Just get back in there, thats all that matters

    by Michael Guarino

    With any arnold movie there is always greatness(even jingle all the way). Ive been hoping for another real arnold movie since t3. See he will be back

  • May 5, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Just Retire, Ahh-Nowd

    by Partyslammer

    Seriously, unless he's doing some sort of self-mocking comedy, there's virtually no place for him on the big screen anymore. I will concede he could play Thanos though if there was ever a Captain Marvel/Warlock movie. "Gib me da cows-mic cewb, Mahh-vall!"

  • May 5, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Arkhaminmate001

  • May 5, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    What the fuck......

    by Number9997 wrong with some of you people! Granted Arnold has a lot of misses in his career! Every actor does, with the exception of Tom Hanks! The man's resume is absolutely solid and you talk about him like he's a piece of shit! He's responsible for some of the greatest action films ever put to a screen! T1 and T2! Commando! Total Recall! True Lies! Red Heat! PREDATOR! Even Twins and Kindergarten Cop are fish out of water classics! Those two comedies stand up today and are funnier than that shit put out by Adam Sandler or Russell Brand! You assholes trying rewrite history on message boards are fucking stupid! The Ah-nuld is one-dimensional? Your fucking thinking is one-dimensional! Arnold never tried to pass himself off as anything but an action star! Most of the films on his resume are absolutely untouchable and will stand the test of time! You Generation-Y pieces of shit deserve the cultural-degenaration you have brought upon yourselves. Take it to Facebook you illiterate, hipster garbage! Damn I miss the '90's and Bill Clinton's America!

  • May 5, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    There's no reason he can't get back into shape...

    by SK229

    he won't look like Mr. Olympia, but he can definitely get close to where he was around the mid to late 90's. Even in those flabby pictures, he's still got a shit load of muscle underneath, and for someone at 63, I bet he's in better shape than most guys half his age. I'm betting it wouldn't take much hard working out for him, and he seems extremely determined to get back to where he was as an action star. As long as the roles fit the age a little better and he picks some good scripts (the most challenging part, really) we'll probably get at least 2 or 3 more bad-ass roles from him.

  • May 5, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    this is Arnold's "MAN ON FIRE" and/or "TAKEN"

    by BILLY

    AGING actor kicking/killing/slapping the shit out of goons. I won't lie...if the director is good...even an old geezer like arnold can come out aces. However, ARNOLD is old. And yes, I LOVE the idea of Arnold being in another action film..especially Terminator(possibly)-but I hope they augment the fuck out of his appearance with CGI...because it won't make sense to see a fatter, flabby, wrinkled faced android. So, hope they work on that (and perfect a better version of what they did with Jeff Bridges in TRON 2)

  • May 5, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Holy crap! Re: Furlong

    by theyreflockingthisway

    Never mind Arnold getting in shape - Furlong is barely recognisable! He's over weight and looks like a complete dork! He definately needs to hit the gym - I can't believe it's the same person.

  • May 5, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by steves

    Liam Neeson has filmed a new scene for the Blu-Ray edition of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith. Frank Oz also involved.

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  • May 5, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    PS. The Sarah Connor Chronicles was great.

    by Jungle Fish

    I didn't mention that in my earlier post because I was talking about Terminator movies. But I loved the hell out of that show, and was horribly upset when it was canceled. I agree that it absolutely got the heart of Cameron's delicate creation. F**k you FOX!!!

  • May 5, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Arnold doing drama? Ummm.........NO.

    by IronEagle74

    I'd rather take old Arnold playing another action role with his awesome one-liners that nobody else can do.