Governor is 'focusing on personal matters' and not committing to prod'n skeds
producer, Al Ruddy, said in an email to Variety, “I have no comment — the statement speaks for itself.” Schwarzenegger also was attached to another proposed installment of “The Terminator” franchise, with “Fast Five” helmer Justin Lin attached to direct. Producer Megan Ellison had won the auction rights just last week. The franchise’s future had gotten entangled in rights issues, but Schwarzenegger’s involvement helped push the next iteration forward. Ellison’s office at Annapurna Films had no comment. Producers of a comicbook and animated TV show, “The Governator,” which as originally conceived would have featured Schwarzenegger’s home life as a part of the plotline as he took on the guise of superhero, said that the project has been halted. Producers said in a statement: “In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics and Archie Comics have put ‘The Governator’ project on hold.” Schwarzenegger, 63, had hoped to revive his career even in a moviegoing environment much changed from 2003, when he had his last starring role in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” (He appeared briefly in 2009’s “Terminator Salvation” as well.) The scandal has brought condemnation and scorn, only magnified because of the length of time that Schwarzenegger kept his affair and child secret from Maria Shriver and their family. Mark Young, professor at USC’s Marshall School of Business, said it would hurt Schwarzenegger’s ability to appeal to middle-aged female auds. “This was something he knew about for so many years but hid it from the one person who stood by him and sacrificed her career for his,” he said. Judy Smith, prexy of crisis consulting firm Impact Strategies and former deputy press secretary for President George H.W. Bush, said the public has a history of forgiving celebrities. An environment of nonstop news of celebrity travails on TMZ, Radaronline and other websites may add a new kind of scrutiny, but such incidents are now common enough in to be less shocking to the public. “If his goal was to continue in politics, yes, I think it would have had an impact on his career,” Smith said. But there is “a different type of litmus test in deciding to see a movie and deciding to vote for somebody.”
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