You know what they say: there are no original ideas in Hollywood. Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, there’s no denying that Tinseltown is obsessed with reboots and remakes at the moment. The latest reboot announcement is that James Cameron’s 1994 film, True Lies, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, will be adapted into a big-budget television series on FOX.
The original film featured Schwarzenegger and Curtis as a seemingly normal suburban couple until Curtis discovered her husband was actually a spy for the U.S. government.
Cameron wrote and directed the blockbuster action film and is attached as an executive producer on the new television version.
Prolific producer Marc Guggenheim, currently an executive producer on The CW’s Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, will write the pilot for True Lies.
Director McG, who helmed 2009’s poorly-received Terminator Salvation, is also on board as an executive producer and will direct the pilot.
If the show makes it to air, True Lies will be the second FOX series based on a popular action film; the network’s Lethal Weapon series will begin its second season later this month.
This is also the biggest television project to come from Cameron since the FOX series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (which he actually had nothing to do with).
In 2000, Cameron brought Jessica Alba her first role in the spotlight when he created the short-lived FOX series, Dark Angel.
It probably goes without saying but considering this is a television reboot, there’s not likely to be any involvement from Schwarzenegger or Curtis.
Then again, Tom Arnold, who surprised viewers in a humorous role as Schwarzenegger’s sidekick in the film, might just be hard up enough to make an appearance. The original True Lies also starred Eliza Dushku, and late actors Bill Paxton and Charlton Heston.