Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back In ‘The Last Stand’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

When news broke about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s impending divorce from his longtime wife Maria Shriver (and the infidelity that inspired it), the former action movie star titan put his return to acting on hold and retreated from the limelight.

Jump ahead a couple of months to the present, and the Terminator actor has selected his first post-scandal starring vehicle: The Last Stand, one of numerous projects he was circling earlier this year.

Deadline says that Schwarzenegger has secured a deal to headline the gritty western, which will mark the English-language directorial debut of Korean filmmaker Ji-Woon Kim (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird). Cry Macho, the movie previously set to mark Schwarzenegger’s return to the acting ring, is reportedly either “dead or at best delayed until February 2012″.

The Last Stand will revolve around an aging, but still capable, U.S. sheriff (Schwarzenegger) who must track down the leader of a deadly drug cartel and prevent them from reaching the Mexican border. Although the project was originally being envisioned as a $30 million effort with Liam Neeson in the lead, that price tag will likely change now that the Governator himself is onboard.

Ji-Woon Kim on the set of 'The Good, the Bad, the Weird'

Kim has previously offered the following, with regards to his plans for The Last Stand.

“My concept for ‘The Last Stand’ is that it’s kind of a combination of ‘Die Hard’ and ‘High Noon’ where [the latter] was about protecting something very important that needs to be protected, while ‘Die Hard’ is a very drawn-out, long process that almost kills someone in the process… ‘The Last Stand’ would be where someone puts their lives on the line to protect something that’s very important and it will be a bit more optimistic film in that regard.”

Needless to say, Schwarzenegger (or, at least his agent) knows EXACTLY what he’s doing by moving ahead with The Last Stand next. An old-fashioned adventure tale about an aging, self-sacrificial cowboy who goes out of his way to see that justice is done, reads as being a potentially great return-to-form for Schwarzenegger – one that will portray him in both a heroic light and includes his deteriorating physique as a plot point, essentially.

The Last Stand is also less likely to imitate a recent would-be comeback vehicle for a scandal-ridden star (The Beaver with Mel Gibson) and be virtually ignored at the box office. Fans of Kim’s previous films will certainly be interested to see him cross over into Hollywood territory; plus, this is the kind of project a lot of Schwarzenegger fans will want to see.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of The Last Stand as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I watched “I Saw the Devil” and was both impressed and reviled.

    Great cinematography and good directing. “The Good, the Bad and the Weird” are in my queue. I’ve seen the previews and it looks like a good romp.

    So far, I like what I have seen from this guy.

    • I watched the good, the bad and the weird a few months ago. it’s a strange film. i wasn’t sure what to make of it.

  2. Hell yeah! Ji-Woon Kim is awesome. Such an odd pairing but I can definitely see it working. Great pick by Schwarzenegger. Time to show some acting chops. Kim works with actors who are damn good.

    • Oh, and I think it’s Jee-Woon Kim, actually.

      • He’s listed as Jee-Woon Kim on IMDB, but essentially everywhere else online he’s listed as Ji-Woon Kim. Maybe either is correct-?

        • Fair enough. ;)

  3. I Saw The Devil was ok. But with the Governator in tow, this movie could have a huge budget and if and when the movie bombs in the U.S., Ahnuld won’t recover his acting chops. IMO.

  4. An Austrian sheriff in the old west? Ok this will be interesting.

  5. Oh great, more wooden acting.

  6. Why even bother to do anything but another Terminator? Especially if ‘the man’ is producing and directing. For that matter he could even do another Predator since the last ones sucked wind.

    Arnold is a marginal actor, but has some quirky kind of charm in comedies,so that also would have been a better choice.

    Regarding his marriage, how will any of us really know what happened? Perhaps he was sick of her, perhaps she was sick of him. I am sure it was not the first time he cheated, nor will it be the last.

  7. I neither give a crap nor judge him about his personal life. I just can’t wait to see him back on the big screen!

  8. Love it.

  9. We all knew he’d be back. He said it. Anyway, rather watch him in this than the other project he was set to do. Who cares about his personal life, he’s not the first and he won’t be the last. Jerry Springer is still quite popular…

  10. I’m a bit surprised he didn’t pick a more known property to make his return with… this movie doesn’t really inspire any excitement from me.

    • Probably because it was advised by most (lawyers, finance) to have him test the waters first before going full bore.

      While it appears the bunc of us could give a rats patooie about his personal life there are still a lot of people/groups out there that do which could have an effect on a large budgeted/named movie.

      @John Taylor,
      Watch Quigley Down Under. :D

  11. This has epic fail written all over it in big Austrian accents.

  12. Arnie in another western?? It wont top The Villain!!