Loads of new information regarding projects that have had Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name attached to it. A lot of the projects he’s attached to are sequels to classic films. Now we’ve received a huge amounts of updates to a lot of them from an interview he did with Yahoo Movies so without any further ado, let’s jump right in!
Let’s start off with the bad news. Schwarzenegger was asked whether he was involved with Shane Black’s upcoming film sequel to Predator, titled The Predator. Here’s what he told the outlet:
They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered. So I’m not going to do that, no. Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that.
That’s not to say that the screenplay wasn’t any good, it’s just that Schwarzenegger didn’t like the role it gave him. From the sounds of it his role would basically have amounted to a small cameo so we wouldn’t be missing anything big by not having him in it.
The Legend of Conan
There’s a lot of back and forth news about whether this will get off the ground. Talking with Yahoo Movies the actor said he was still very interested in making the sequel but one of The Legend of Conan’s screenwriters, Chris Morgan, all but said that the film is dead telling Entertainment Weekly:
At the end of the day, the studio decided that they weren’t gonna make that. I gotta say, it’s honestly a heartbreak. I love that first movie so much, so much, it’s one of my favorite movies. We had Will Beall do a draft on [the Legend of Conan script]. He killed it. Our take was Conan, 30 years later, a story like the Clint Eastwood Unforgiven. It was so awesome. Ultimately, the budget was big, the studio was not really sure of the title, and the relevance in the marketplace. They ended up letting it go. I think they’re gonna look to do a TV show or something with it. But just to be associated with it, pitch it to Arnold, have him get so excited, there was a moment of magic for me, personally [laughs]. You never know, down the road we may revisit!
However, The Arnold Fans caught up with producer Fredrik Malmberg who said the film is still alive and well:
We were very excited and spent years working with Chris Morgan to make Legend of Conan. Ultimately, the studio let the rights expire. The positive news is that Conan Properties now controls everything again, and are currently producing both TV and Film with a lot more control than we had previously. Everybody wants The Legend of Conan to happen and it will.
Basically, the new project will need to be retooled and pitched to a new studio.
Surprisingly, the one project of Schwarzenegger’s that has a lot of traction is the sequel to Twins which he starred with Danny DeVito back in 1988. The sequel, titled Triplets, would reveal that there was a third baby in the womb who would be played by Eddie Murphy. Here’s what Schwarzenegger said about the status of the project:
The ones that talked about it were Danny DeVito and me. But the funny thing is that no one believed in it. The studio didn’t believe in it, [director] Ivan [Reitman] didn’t believe in it, no one believed in it. Then all of a sudden, two years ago, there was a changeover in leadership at Universal, and they started believing in it. Then Ivan looked at it again and he started believing in it.
Danny and I always ran around with the idea of Triplets, and that Eddie Murphy should be the triplet, because he is so different than we are — as much as Danny was different from me. When you saw Danny and I together, and you said that only the mother could tell us apart, people laughed. You didn’t really have to say much else. The same is also true with the idea of having Eddie Murphy be a part of the new picture. It’s called Triplets, and people go, wait a minute, how did this black guy get into the picture here? The way it’s explained in the movie is really funny — what happened with that experiment, and how many people’s sperm were used, and the things we didn’t know and only find out about when our mother passes away.
So Danny and Eddie Murphy and I — we believed in it 100%. And then Ivan believed in it 100%. So they’re writing it, and now everyone is enthusiastic about it. It will probably be done in the next month or two, and then hopefully we shoot it by this fall. It’s really exciting.
It’s been years since I’ve seen Twins but I loved it as a kid. I don’t know whether it would hold up today but that is the film launched Arnold’s comedy career and I’m very curious to see if the sequel would work.
By Crom, that was a lot of updates!