The network has rolled the pilot off cycle in order to give producers — including James Cameron, who wrote and directed the 1994 movie on which it’s based — more time to work on it. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the goal is to film the pilot over the summer.
CBS handed a pilot order to the project in February, with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix attached to write the pilot, which comes from Disney’s 20th Television. McG, who’s been attached to previous efforts to reboot the film, is set to direct.
Sources stress that CBS is still excited to have the property and the off-cycle move is meant to give the team behind it more time. No one has been cast in the pilot yet.
The potential series would follow the same premise as the film, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. A suburban housewife is shocked to discover her unremarkable husband, an IT consultant, is really a skilled international spy. She’s propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage.
Fox developed a True Lies series in 2017, with Arrow‘s Marc Guggenheim attached to adapt the film. Two years later, McG hinted that a series was in the works at Disney+, but that never came to pass.
The sale to CBS is a rare one outside the Disney umbrella for 20th TV. It’s likely that the studio, now overseen by Karey Burke, considers True Lies to be off-brand for its central platforms and sought a revenue stream from a network like CBS.
Nix, McG and Cameron are executive producing with Mary Viola, president of McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Rae Sanchini of Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.