Arnold Schwarzengger is returning to the movies — at least as a computer-generated superhero.
Returning to entertainment after his stint in politics, Schwarzenegger appeared at Mip TV in Cannes on Monday to launch “The Governator,” a cartoon series planned to include a 3D feature film set for 2013.
The project will kick off with a 52-part toon aimed at the global market, featuring Schwarzenegger’s signature voice and computer-generated likeness.
The movie is planned to unspool in two years, complete with a merchandising rollout.
Show is the result of a partnership between comic icon Stan Lee, A Squared Entertainment, Archie Comics and Schwarzenegger.
Toon mixes comedy with classic
superhero antics, with Schwarzenegger’s alter ego, the Governator, taking on the bad guys.
Speaking at a packed press conference, Schwarzenegger said the toon would be action-packed, but with zero violence.
He said: “In my movies, a lot of heads come off and a lot of blood is splattered about, but not in ‘The Governator.’ There are a lot of positive role models in this show. We show teenagers being empowered.”
“The Governator” will be produced by A Squared, founded by Andy Heyward and Amy Moynihan Heyward, whose credits include “Secret Millionaire’s Club,” “Giselete and the Green Team” and “Martha and Friends,” a toon focusing on a 10-year-old Martha Stewart.
Before the press conference, Schwarzenegger was presented with the Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand.
Schwarzenegger recalled how he had first attended the Cannes Film Festival in 1977, where, despite skepticism that he had what it took to be a movie star, he proved naysayers wrong.
“Cannes was a great help in my career,” Schwarzenegger remembered. “People said I wouldn’t get on in the movie biz because my body was too big, my name too long and I had an accent. But Cannes made me feel at home.”