Arnold Schwarzenegger Still Eyeing Book Deal (Report)

11:59 AM PST 07/13/2011 by THR Staff
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After his negotiations went south, Maria Shriver could be first to pen a new memoir.

It remains to be seen whether a book deal will be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vehicle for sharing his story with the world, but he’s still pushing for it.
 
Currently in the midst of divorce proceedings and still facing public backlash for fathering a love child with his housekeeper, the likelihood of a memoir would not seem high at the moment. Page Six reports that prior to Schwarzenegger’s extra-marital scandal, the former governor of California was on the brink of a major book deal. Now, estranged wife Maria Shriver is being courted to tell her side of the story.
 
While Schwarzenegger had been considering reported multimillion-dollar deals, publishers now describe him as “untouchable.” One publishing source tells Page Six, “No woman is going to pay to read Arnold’s story through his eyes.”
 
Shriver, however, is a different story.
 
“Maria has a story to tell, and she’s a known, best-selling author,” the source adds.
 
Though Schwarzenegger’s rep issued a denial, sources insist that he is still aiming for a record-breaking payout and is willing to write a two-volume story to get it.
 
Representing both parties on their potential deals is literary agent Jan Miller.
 
“I can’t believe Maria would allow Jan to sell his book,” another source speculates. “Considering they have been friends for so long.”
 
Should any publishing house step forward on Schwarzenegger’s behalf, he would join the likes of Jesse James, who famously cheated on ex-wife Sandra Bullock. He recently penned American Outlaw for Simon & Schuster.

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