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.