Arnold Schwarzenegger’s animated series about a man leading a double life has been terminated in the wake of the scandal that derailed the ex-California governor’s marriage.
The series was to be called “The Governator” and was being developed by, among others, legendary comic-book creator Stan Lee and Archie Comics.
Now the production company overseeing the project – A Squared Productions – has pulled the plug, the L.A. Times reports. Schwarzenegger has also halted work on two movies in development, one called “Cry Macho” and the other one a proposed “Terminator” sequel, the series’ fourth, the paper said.
“In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW [another production entity], Stan Lee Comics and Archie Comics, have halted production,” said a statement from the co-producers.
Recent events? That’s a reference to the revelations recently that the ex-gov was leading a double life of his own – fathering a child more than a decade ago with a member of his household staff. Schwarzenegger is now separated from his wife of 25 years, former NBC newswoman Maria Shriver.
In a “confidential” memo obtained by The Times, the premise for “The Governator” was described this way: A superhero who “leads a double life” as “a devoted family man” who “has to remember his anniversary [and] his kids’ birthdays.”
Clearly, an animated series based on that premise, with Arnold Schwarzenegger voicing the title character, would not have worked under the circumstances.