Saturday, September 18, 2010

ABC Believes In Cameron's "True Lies"

The ABC network reports that a script has been ordered for a potential TV series based on director James Cameron's 1994 feature "True Lies".

The original action-comedy, casting Arnold Schwarzenegger as a sexist, 'suave' 'James Bond'-like killer, co-starred Jamie Lee Curtis, who won a G
olden Globe Award for her performance as legal secretary 'Helen Tasker'. The film was also nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar.

Similar to how Cameron took credit after cribbing the original works of writer Harlan Ellison for the feature film "Terminator", the $120 million budgeted "True Lies" was an extended remake of director Claude Zidi's 1991 French feature "La Totale!", starring actors Thierry Lhermitte and Miou-Miou.

"True Lies" was also noted as the first Lightstorm Entertainment project to be distributed under Cameron's new production deal with 20th Century Fox, as well as the first major production for Cameron's VFX company Digital Domain.

"...'Harry Tasker' (Schwarzenegger) leads a double life, performing covert missions for the US Government under a counter-terrorism task force called 'The Omega Sector'. 'Gib Gibson' (Tom Arnold) and 'Faisil' (Grant Heslov) assist him in these missions. 'Spencer Trilby', (Charlton Heston), is their boss. His wife 'Helen' (Curtis) and daughter 'Dana' (Eliza Dushku), believe Harry is a boring computer salesman with 'Tektel Systems' (the cover for Omega Sector) doing a lot of corporate travel. Harry is unable to spend quality time with his family due to his secret identity, causing Helen to believe that he doesn't appreciate her..."

If ordered to series, "True Lies" would be Cameron's first entry into TV since the Fox, 2000 series "Dark Angel". Producers will be Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, with Rene Echevarria attached as showrunner/co-executive producer.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "True Lies"...