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Sep. 13, 2010by: Paul Tassi

I should preface this by saying that no, this news does not come from Tom Arnold, so we might actually want to take it seriously.

Deadline is reporting that James Cameron is heading to the small screen to produce a TV series based on TRUE LIES. I can't quite believe I just wrote that sentence.

As you may recall, after TITANIC was a big hit, James Cameron co-created an exec produced another TV series, DARK ANGEL, which introduced us to a young(er) Jessica Alba. That series didn't particularly catch on for very long, but LIES is much different story as it has a fan base built-in.

But isn't that fan-base loyal toward Arnold? Unless Cameron freezes over hell and convinces Arnold Schwarzenegger to star in a primetime TV series, I have a hard time thinking this is going to be a good idea.

Cameron takes years and even decades to get his work perfect. How are his ideas going to turn out which set to a very strict TV episode schedule? And just what is this show going to be about? Just an action/comedy about a spy and his wife? And many don't realize that at the time, TRUE LIES was the most expensive movie ever made at $100-$120M. What happens when Cameron isn't given unlimited money to execute his vision?

Extra Tidbit: So Burn Notice with even more of a comedic bent? And Tom Arnold instead of Bruce Campbell?
Source: Deadline

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7:12AM on 09/14/2010

Pass

It was about Arnold and Jamie Lee. Her portrayal of mousy wife turned sexy spy was classic.

Without them, I'll pass. And Cameron doesn't add ANYTHING to the equation.
It was about Arnold and Jamie Lee. Her portrayal of mousy wife turned sexy spy was classic.

Without them, I'll pass. And Cameron doesn't add ANYTHING to the equation.
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3:04AM on 09/14/2010
dont really get the excitement. cameron is a very overrated director (avatar was aaawful), and true lies was his worst anyway. but well.
dont really get the excitement. cameron is a very overrated director (avatar was aaawful), and true lies was his worst anyway. but well.
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1:11AM on 09/14/2010
I'd watch it.

But how will it ever compare to the movie, it was huge! How's this going to be filtered down to TV? And the cast? Replace one or two people, sure, but the whole cast? Nah...

Rather just make a sequel. If you're willing to make a TV show then you can make another movie.
I'd watch it.

But how will it ever compare to the movie, it was huge! How's this going to be filtered down to TV? And the cast? Replace one or two people, sure, but the whole cast? Nah...

Rather just make a sequel. If you're willing to make a TV show then you can make another movie.
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10:40PM on 09/13/2010
Unless it's a sequel with the original cast returning, I have no interest whatsoever.
Unless it's a sequel with the original cast returning, I have no interest whatsoever.
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10:27PM on 09/13/2010
Considering how many different incarnations of La Femme Nikita there are, I can see this happening. But if this is really going down, they'll need to overcome the lack of Arnold, Jamie Lee, and yes, Bill Paxton.
Considering how many different incarnations of La Femme Nikita there are, I can see this happening. But if this is really going down, they'll need to overcome the lack of Arnold, Jamie Lee, and yes, Bill Paxton.
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7:09PM on 09/13/2010
They're almost definitely going to cast Tom Arnold. He'll be the only "connecting thread" to the film.

The whole show should just be the hotel room strip scene on a loop for forty minutes. I'd watch that.
They're almost definitely going to cast Tom Arnold. He'll be the only "connecting thread" to the film.

The whole show should just be the hotel room strip scene on a loop for forty minutes. I'd watch that.
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5:33PM on 09/13/2010
Ill keep my Burn Notice, thank you
Ill keep my Burn Notice, thank you
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5:28PM on 09/13/2010
That's what I like about you, Tassi: reporting on the news no-one else wants to touch...
That's what I like about you, Tassi: reporting on the news no-one else wants to touch...
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5:09PM on 09/13/2010
True Lies is a great stand alone movie. There's nothing from True Lies that stands out to warrant its own tv show. Id rather Bill Paxton grow that horrible stache again and make a tv show about his prowess with woman as a used car salesman. Lets face it without Paxton True Lies isnt that much different than any other Arnie flick.
True Lies is a great stand alone movie. There's nothing from True Lies that stands out to warrant its own tv show. Id rather Bill Paxton grow that horrible stache again and make a tv show about his prowess with woman as a used car salesman. Lets face it without Paxton True Lies isnt that much different than any other Arnie flick.
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4:56PM on 09/13/2010
Regardless of my opinions of Cameron's outta control ego, separate from the movie, I think this could work. Im sure he wouldn't revisit the Harry Tasker character, but follow up with a fresh story, though it could be a bit stale, since it could be really close to what Alias was.
Regardless of my opinions of Cameron's outta control ego, separate from the movie, I think this could work. Im sure he wouldn't revisit the Harry Tasker character, but follow up with a fresh story, though it could be a bit stale, since it could be really close to what Alias was.
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4:33PM on 09/13/2010

"Cameron takes years and even decades to get his work perfect."

He does?
He does?
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4:35PM on 09/13/2010
well, perfect by his standards
well, perfect by his standards
4:36PM on 09/13/2010
I thought he just "borrowed" plotlines and then added his own characters and F/X?
I thought he just "borrowed" plotlines and then added his own characters and F/X?
4:21PM on 09/13/2010
Arnold does not have to be the star in this, he could take Charlton Heston's part as the new director of the Omega sector.
Arnold does not have to be the star in this, he could take Charlton Heston's part as the new director of the Omega sector.
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3:33PM on 09/13/2010
I remember the time before studios became wimps & when R-rated movies were given budgets of 100-125 million.
I remember the time before studios became wimps & when R-rated movies were given budgets of 100-125 million.
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3:58PM on 09/13/2010
I think the last R-rated movie to have a big budget was "Alexander" back in 2004.

EDIT: OK, I did some searching and I guess "Wolfman" takes the prize. It cost 150 million dollars (the same as "Alexander") and opened last year. And "Watchmen" cost 130 million.
I think the last R-rated movie to have a big budget was "Alexander" back in 2004.

EDIT: OK, I did some searching and I guess "Wolfman" takes the prize. It cost 150 million dollars (the same as "Alexander") and opened last year. And "Watchmen" cost 130 million.
3:24PM on 09/13/2010
I want a 3rd season of Dark Angel instead of this shit
I want a 3rd season of Dark Angel instead of this shit
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3:22PM on 09/13/2010

Fuck the TV show....SEQUEL!

Just give us a goddamn sequel. Talk to Arnie when he's out of office in November, get Jamie Lee to dye her hair back to the sexy black it used to be, put Eliza Dushku in a bikini and let's get going!

"BATTERY AZIS FOREVER!"
Just give us a goddamn sequel. Talk to Arnie when he's out of office in November, get Jamie Lee to dye her hair back to the sexy black it used to be, put Eliza Dushku in a bikini and let's get going!

"BATTERY AZIS FOREVER!"
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