Arnold Schwarzenegger to Headline Drug Cartel Thriller, ‘Ten’

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Even though he’ll turn 65 in just under three months’ time, Arnold Schwarzenegger is staging a late career comeback as a big screen action hero – which begins with a limited turn in this summer’s The Expendables 2, thus setting up for his headlining effort in next year’s The Last Stand.

Yet another project has been added to Ah-nuld’s upcoming work slate: Ten, an action-thriller that Schwarzenegger will anchor following the completion of his part in the currently-filming The Tomb – where he will appear alongside his aging comrade-in-arms, Sylvester Stallone.

Ten is based on an original screenplay penned by Skip Woods, who also wrote another upcoming action movie featuring an icon of the over-50 crowd (Die Hard 5). Open Road Films, as headed by CEO Tom Ortenberg, is backing the production – which also has David Ayer attached to direct.

Working behind the scenes on Ten are folk like producing powerhouse duo Joe Roth and Palak Patel (Snow White and the Hunstman), along with District 9 executive producers Bill Block and Paul Hanson. The latter pair is also backing the impending Schwarzenegger vehicle titled Black Sands (or is it The Unknown Soldier?), from Act of Valor duo Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh. (Woods also worked on the script.)

Here is an excerpt from the press release for Ten (which includes an official plot synopsis):

In ‘Ten’, an elite DEA task force deals with the world’s deadliest drug cartels. Specializing in complex mobile operations, the team executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. What looks to be a typical raid turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the DEA squad. After hiding millions in stolen cash, the team believes their secret is safe – until someone begins assassinating them one by one.

“I am really excited about this project and the team that’s come together,” said Schwarzenegger. “David Ayer is incredibly talented and exactly what I want for a story this compelling.”

Ayer stated, “This is going to be an amazing role for Arnold. Reality is the watchword of this project and an exciting cast is in the works. I couldn’t be more excited as a filmmaker to work with one of my longtime heroes.”

“We are thrilled to be working with a world class movie-star like Arnold Schwarzenegger and to continue to be in business with the extraordinarily talented David Ayer,” stated Ortenberg. “And we could not be more pleased to be doing another picture with our friend and partner Bill Block.”

Block stated, “We’ve put together a real dream team on ‘Ten.’ Arnold has been a longtime friend and bringing him together with a provocative filmmaker like David Ayer as well as Tom Ortenberg and his talented team at Open Road is a win for all of us.”

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Arguably, out of all the Schwarzenegger vehicles on the horizon, Ten reads as being the biggest wild card. Ayer, for example, achieved success as a screenwriter working on such films as U-571, The Fast and the Furious and Training Day, but his two directorial efforts to date (Harsh Times and Street Kings) were greeted with mixed critical reception and failed to light up the box office. Moreover, Woods’ previous solo screenwriting ventures haven’t exactly been pure winners (see: Swordfish and Hitman) – while his collaborative efforts include mindless action flicks both mediocre (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and entertaining (The A-Team).

That’s all to say: we will have to just wait and see what the state of Arnold’s resurrected career is by the time Ten is ready to hit theaters – before it can be more fairly dubbed either a potential hit or (the first? Another?) misstep.


Source: Open Road Films

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  1. Whoever reads this, watch a movie by skip woods called “thursday” with Tom Jane and Aaron Eckhart, it’s like the most grand theft auto movie out there

  2. Hope you’re bulking up a bit, Arnold. Would also like to see one last Conan movie…Conan the King. It can still be done!

    • I think everyone is waiting for King Conan

  3. Anyone else notice how movie titles are getting shorter in general? Lots of single word titles now a days. I’m wondering if we will be jumping to a single letter any time soon and then to just a symbol (like Prince did for a time) :)

    • or no title… just the release date. so people would refer to it as, ” That movie that comes out on the 18th.”

      • haha, yeah but someone will be able to only get away with that ONCE. I wonder what it will be.

  4. Wow, he isn’t wasting anytime.

  5. Predator sequel or who cares

  6. true lies sequel plz. thnx

    • Yes, but have him as the head of the unit now replacing Charlton Heston, and his daughter (Eliza Dushku) is now the agent.

      Jamie Lee Curtis can come back replacing Tom Arnold as the van driver!


  7. The story seems okay and David Ayer is a great writer.

    I mean Traning Day was a great movie and Denzel Washigiton give the performance of his career, he was terffic as Alonzo.

    Still Street Kings could have been betetr.

    Also I am suprised that Arine is still getting work since actors like Robert Patterison, Shia LeBeouf, Taylor Lautner and Justin Bieber are also getting work.

    I mean it’s been 10 years since he has made a movie and he’s still got a movie fanbase.

    I hope he turns out to be great in The Expendables 2, The Last Stand and The Tomb.

  8. i hope arnold does great movies again. and gets to shoot people.