‘Cry Macho’ Will Be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Next Film [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:00 pm,

[UPDATE: Schwarzenegger has announced that he's putting all of his upcoming film projects on hold.]

After serving as the Governor of California for eight years, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced in February that he intended to return to acting. Since then, he’s been linked to a multitude of potential projects – including remakes of past hits like Predator and The Running Man.

Schwarzenegger ultimately decided to resurrect another one of his iconic characters instead. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that he was officially attached to the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise. The film is in the midst of securing a deal for financing and distribution, but Skynet’s latest assault on the human race will evidently have to wait just a little bit longer.

Vulture has learned that Schwarzenegger’s first post-gubernatorial film will be Cry Macho – an adaptation of N. Richard Nash’s novel about an aging horse trainer tasked with bringing a young boy back to his estranged father. It’s a marked departure from other projects that the actor is said to be circling – which included roles in more action-oriented fare like Ji-Woon Kim’s The Last Stand and Antoine Fuqua’s The Tomb.

Nash was a renowned Broadway playwright who completed a screenplay for Cry Macho before he passed away in 2000. Albert S. Ruddy, the Oscar-winning producer of films like The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby, had Schwarzenegger attached to the script a decade ago before he embarked on his political career. At one point, Clint Eastwood was interested in taking over the lead role, but that never materialized.

Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) will direct and production is expected to begin this summer once financing is secured at the Cannes Film Festival. It sounds like Cry Macho could be a unique film that provides Schwarzenegger with an opportunity to flex his acting chops rather than his muscles:

He will play a damaged-goods horse trainer who’s just been ignominiously put out to pasture by his feckless boss. In exchange for some retirement money, the broken — and broke — horseman agrees to kidnap the boss’s 11-year-old son from his rich Mexican ex-wife. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when the ex-wife is all too glad to be rid of her juvenile delinquent.

What I find particularly interesting about Cry Macho is that Schwarzenegger was already planning on using this film to reinvent himself before he ran for office. It seems likely that he wanted to acknowledge the fact that he was getting older and prepare for a career beyond action films. Ten years later, that strategy seems even more imperative.

I have nothing against Schwarzenegger returning to the style of films that made him famous (I really enjoyed Stallone’s recent Rocky and Rambo sequels and thought the premise of The Expendables was intriguing), but I still feel that the idea of a 63-year-old Terminator is seriously pushing it. Cry Macho seems like a more age-appropriate role and I like the idea of Schwarzenegger trying something different.

Then again – this is a film he could still do a few years from now, where as the clock is ticking regarding how much longer he’ll realistically be able to headline an action flick. I imagine some of his fans will be disappointed that Schwarzenegger’s return to acting doesn’t involve him kicking ass and taking names, but I’ll be happy just to see him back on the big screen at all.

Source: Vulture.

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  1. Sounds interesting, I’ll keep my eye on this one.

  2. Former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to do more dramas rather than just doing huge action blockbusters because he pigeonholed himself as an actor who just did action movies. He is an underrated actor. So, I hope that he does more dramas, tries to reach his full potential as an actor and tries to win an Oscar.

    • With that accent, he’s already a full blown character. Imagine ‘Ahnald’ as the dad in “Ordinary People”, or King George in “The Kings Speech”. It doesn’t work! He’s not a dramatic actor. He plays the character that is Arnold Schwarzenegger. It can be in a SciFi movie like Total Recall or a military man in Predator, all of his (good) characters are degrees of himself. Unless you did some sort of meta like JCVD film or put his weird character in a drama that makes sense like The Wrestler did for Rourke, Arnold is going to be Arnold. And I don’t really think thats a bad thing…just don’t expect his movies to take home any oscars that arent for mixing or special effects.

  3. The difference is that Stallone has the body for it while Arnold doesnt. He is now more liability than asset.

  4. I would see this.

    I would also like to see Conan the king if he could get into shape for the role. that would really flex his acting muscles if it takes after the comic book.

    • There is no way Arnold can get into any kind of shape for a role like Conan the King. Age has caught up with him…..probably due to all the heavy lifting when he was younger.

      • He probably could get in shapte. He worked out 8hrs a day to get in shape for terminator 3. Ya it was like 10 years ago, but I think he could do it.

  5. What about that “Twins 2″ script that was floating around?

  6. I think, Arnold is trying to do what Stallone has been doing with his recent career. The problem is that the projects Arnold is trying to do is either the plot is either flimsy or that it doesn’t fit his acting persona.

    Sure Arnold can act drama or comedy, END OF DAYS and Twins proved that. But his recent film projects “THE LAST STAND and now “CRY MACHO?”. I’m not really sure. I thought he would be doing more on the side of those human characters he did in his past films.

    How about COMMANDO 2? a Predator sequel? King Conan could be good, True Lies 2 is a must… I don’t know about the Governator.. Seems to childish of a superhero.. Much like along the lines of The Jackie Chan Adventures..

    I like schwarzenegger but he really needs to connect to his fans man…

  7. Sounds like a good film to me, i’ll probly go see it. Welcome back Arnold!

  8. Living in California seeing what he did, I hope Arnold fails in everything he trys. The guys a total pos.

    :)

    • I live in California and I approve of 790′s statement. This jerk can’t dissapear off the radar soon enough for me. Hopefully he’ll use any movie income to pay back the educational and dissability systems he plundered…

      • Hi nowhere man oh My God HE plundered educational and dissability systems.. crikes,, Im not from the states but anything that effects dissability i am interested in it especially in america especially anything that is mental health related. can you tell us more of how he plunderd the system can you tell me is it true that Arnold gave the go ahead for the death penalty to be carried out in the prisons in California.

        • Uh, and what is wrong with going ahead with the death penalty?? I personally think they wait too long before they put people to death. And in California it was a freakin’ joke to get sentenced to death. They actually sentence about the same number, sometimes more, than Texas, but you’ll see they only actually carry out maybe 1 execution out of all of them… Murderers laugh at our criminal justice system…

          • @ Ken J

            Although my faith says its wrong, but i believe within upholding justice. Like Tookie Williams’s execusion, Arnold only upheld the law to see that his death sentance take place as should despite what good people seen him do during his time in prison. I agree murderers, rapists, etc, not just laugh, but mock our criminal justice system. Alot of inmates come out & do the same stuff just to get back into prison again. A example would be Jessica Lunford’s murderer who was in prison for a year before he got out to be under house arrest, were they monitering him? obviously not cause he was with his sister when after Jessica was found raped & dead & said to be buried alive. I was surprised at the reaction by Arnold’s hometown/country. If it was me, id give back my ring aswell that was givin to me like he did.

  9. Arnold sucks. Always did, that’s why only Conan and the original Terminator is any good. Now this guy should go back to his home country.

  10. I want to see Arnold be Conan. It was surpose to be trilogy. It would be ok for him to be older. It would show how Conan became king by his own hand. I know they made a new Conan, and that is fine. Wish they finish original story first.

  11. Sorry to all you Arnold/Conan The Barbarian fans (I mean, I like what he’s done, but it’s time to move on), but there’s a new Conan in town, & his name is Jason Momoa.

  12. Why do comments always talk about his age etc, schwarzenegger is a god, I would much prefer a 75yr old Arnold Terminator than a 30yr old new fella takin his spot and stuff the series all up, he is the Terminator, no one else can do it. Much like his last lot of movies he will just train up again like always… If your gonna take shots at his age then your obviously not an Arnie fan or better yet go read news about Dakota fanning if you like young people…….All Hail Schwarzenegger. Please do more Terminators and a True Lies 2.

  13. love arnie and glad hes coming back. even though all of these liberal cali boys dont.

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