Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back — now he just has to make up his mind about when and where.
“Last Stand,” to be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and directed by Jee-woon Kim (“I Saw the Devil”) from a script by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, revolves around a border-town sheriff who battles a Mexican cartel boss. Liam Neeson had considered starring, but he’s moved on, opening the door for Schwarzenegger, who’s received an offer and is in early discussions to topline.
“The Tomb,” to be directed by Antoine Fuqua, is about a structural security expert who’s framed for a crime and put in a high-security prison that he designed. Miles Chapman and Jason Keller penned the thriller.
Insiders say Schwarzenegger has had several meetings over the past couple weeks with Fuqua and Summit execs, and both sides have shown mutual interest in working together.
Though Schwarzenegger is interested in doing both films, each presents its own hurdles.
With “Last Stand,” Schwarzenegger has yet to meet with Kim. And there may be a scheduling conflict with “The Tomb,” as Fuqua is gearing up to direct a Tupac Shakur biopic for Morgan Creek and Universal that’s scheduled to shoot this summer. If Fuqua indeed shoots “Tupac” this summer, “The Tomb” would need a later start date, which may spur Schwarzenegger to consider other projects.
There’s been speculation about Schwarzenegger’s next move in Hollywood ever since he wrapped his seven-year run as governor of California in January and announced via Twitter that he was ready to get back into movies.
There’s been chatter about Schwarzenegger reprising one of his signature characters, such as “Terminator” or “The Running Man.” But his interest in “The Tomb” and “Last Stand” indicates he’s focused on fresh material.
Schwarzenegger’s last starring role came in 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” He had a cameo in Lionsgate’s “The Expendables” last year and also appeared in 2004’s “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Schwarzenegger is repped by CAA.