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.”
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