CANNES – The Governator is heading to the big screen.
Ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his return to movies Monday, saying a 3D film version of his much-publicized cartoon project The Governator is in the works.
“First will come (The Governator) comic books, then a (cartoon) TV series and after that we will develop the games and then a movie,” Schwarzenegger told a packed room of international journalists at global TV market MipTV in Cannes. “Maybe then we’ll be back in Cannes for that.”
Schwarzenegger unspooled a short trailer for the Governator cartoon – which comicbook legend Stan Lee is developing together with Andy and Amy Heyward of A Squared Entertainment. German sales group Your Family Entertainment has picked up world sales rights to the project.
The traditional 2-D actioner kicks off with a cartoon Schwarzenegger stepping down as governor of California to spend more time with his family. In reality, he begins a new career as a crime fighter.
The trailer featured a voice cameo by talkmeister Larry King as an investigative reporter, a figure Schwarzenegger said would be a recurring character in the series. He said there was a long list of celebrity voice talent that was interested in participating in The Governator, from actors “to politicians, tycoons and business men.”
Schwarzenegger also confirmed he is returning to live action features, saying he will soon be “getting back in front of the camera.” He did not provide any details except to say he has been offered numerous scripts ranging from “action to comedy to sequels” and would be announcing his first new project soon.
Check out the trailer for The Governator below.