Word got out that Arnold Schwarzengger would follow up his supporting stint in The Expendables 2 and his comeback starring role in The Last Stand with a leading turn in another action-thriller: Black Sands, a new project directed by onetime stunt supervisors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh (the upcoming Act of Valor) based on a screenplay by The A-Team writer Skip Woods.
The film was then being described as a Commando-style flick that would pit a loner (Schwarzenegger) against a vicious weapons manufacturer; now, the project (which has not been retitled Black Sunday, despite reports to the contrary) is said to be more of a genre mashup.
Arnold Fans has the scoop on Black Sands, which will reportedly star Ah-nuld as an immortal warrior (he describes his character as “kind of an angel”) who battles the aforementioned criminal and his heavily-armed thugs. Principal photography on the project is slated to begin on location in Belen, New Mexico on April 1st, 2012, with a mid/late 2013 release date most likely in mind.
Some of Schwarzenegger’s best blockbuster titles have managed to successfully blend sci-fi and action movie tropes (ex. Predator, Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, etc.). However, things didn’t turn out so impressively the last time Schwarzenegger appeared in a movie that crossed a straight-forward thriller with supernatural elements, ie. the 1999 critical dud End of Days.
Everyone is currently waiting to see if Schwarzenegger still has what it takes to convincingly play a badass onscreen and carry the bulk of a movie – as The Last Stand will (theoretically) prove to be true. The creative talents attached to Black Sands know how to construct an entertaining popcorn flick, but that won’t matter so much if the film’s leading man isn’t still up to the task of playing the hero…
We will continue to keep you updated on the status of Black Sands as more information is released.
Source: The Arnold Fans