True Lies, the 1994 action movie, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. Following a continuing trend of small-screen adaptations of blockbuster movies, Fox has signed off on a reboot. James Cameron, the director and co-writer of the original film, is executive producing this upcoming series!
While we don’t have any footage of this new TV show yet, here’s a quick refresher of Schwarzenegger, Curtis, and Cameron at their mid-90’s best!
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Action! Espionage! Bad guys skiing with guns! There really isn’t much in this movie that a true 90’s kid doesn’t love. True Lies was a ridiculous movie, to say the least. A lot of it was cliché; the rest of it was over the top. However, that’s what made it so good. It wasn’t a film that took itself too seriously. Just count the explosions!
This show is now in the earliest of stages, so there is no word yet on a filming schedule or series premiere. Marc Guggenheim, whose work includes Arrow, will write the show. McG, who has a rocky history with Cameron (remember Terminator: Salvation?), will also join as executive producer. Should the series move to filming, McG will also direct the pilot episode.
This is a return to 20th Century Fox Television for James Cameron, who hasn’t partnered with the network since the Terminator TV show from a decade ago. It’s also a continuation for McG. He has been working with Fox on the Lethal Weapon TV reboot, as well as the upcoming 911 show.
My main concern isn’t how an international secret agent flick would translate to an episodic show. The question for me is the budget. If Fox spends money to span the globe and blow things up, they need to be confident in ratings. If they compromise and it ends up being repetitive and filled with cheap CGI, it would be damaging to the franchise, as well as to the James Cameron brand. After all, the genius behind Avatar has a reputation to maintain. I hope Fox learned from their mistakes with Terra Nova, and can plan accordingly.
What do you geeks think of this possible show? Who would you cast in the lead roles to fill the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis? Tell us in the comments!