A True Lies TV show reboot is moving forward at FOX with James Cameron on board. This would be only the latest in a long line of recent small screen reboots of movies, and it wouldn’t even be the first to air on FOX. The network is already home to a TV version of classic 1973 horror film The Exorcist, and a TV version of the Mel Gibson action franchise Lethal Weapon. FOX also aired a short-lived TV adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report a few years back.
Directed by Cameron, True Lies hit theaters in 1994, and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as seemingly mild-mannered computer salesman Harry Tasker. Of course, this being a Schwarzenegger action film, Harry is actually anything but ordinary, and lives a double life as an anti-terrorist black ops agent. This is all initially unknown to his wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), but when an operation goes awry, Harry and Helen both end up captured by a terrorist group. Harry’s secrets are quickly revealed, and it’s up to him to save both the day and his marriage.
Arguably one of Schwarzenegger’s last truly great action extravaganzas, True Lies was a big hit at the box office, earning nearly $380 million worldwide on a budget of $115 million. Critics also mostly enjoyed the film, with True Lies holding a score of 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. With that in mind, THR reports that FOX has granted a TV reboot of True Lies a put-pilot commitment, with Cameron on board as an executive producer. Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim will pen the script, while McG (Terminator Salvation) is set to direct the pilot.
While the THR report doesn’t specify either way, with this being a reboot, one imagines that neither Schwarzenegger nor Curtis will be involved. Interestingly enough though, it was announced earlier today that Curtis will be returning to another well-known role next year, as she’ll reprise Laurie Strode in a sequel to the first two Halloween films.
This actually isn’t the first time that FOX has adapted a Cameron-directed/Schwarzenegger-starring film property for TV, as back in 2008, the network premiered Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which picks up Sarah and John Connor’s journey after the events of Terminator 2. While Terminator: TSCC garnered generally positive reviews, the ratings weren’t great, and it was canceled after two seasons. Here’s hoping things end in a happier fashion for True Lies.
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