'The Governator,' Arnold Schwarzenegger's first post-political gig, is now going to be a 3D feature film.
That's in addition to an onslaught of Governator product: The animated superhero will also save the world in a TV series, comic book and Internet programming.
The former California governor made the announcement at a MIPTV press conference this morning. The feature film will debut in early 2013, A Squared Entertainment's Andy Heyward told Deadline. The TV series is slated for a late 2012 launch, with a comic book due sometime before that.
When asked if his supehero character would take on current headline-makers like Libyan president Gadhafi, Schwarzenegger paused to think for a moment, before giving an answer more steeped in marketing than politics: "Who knows? That might be going in the wrong direction. But the way things are going, we may have a chance of selling our series down there."
"In public life when you are governor, you have to deal with keeping the beaches clean and making sure there is enough funding for the after-school programs and lunch programs," he told the packed assembly. "But as an action hero, you just have to save the world." Behind him as he spoke, the animated image of the Governator and a riff on his 'Terminator' catchphrase: "I'm back."
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Schwarzenegger said he was happy to return to Cannes to announce his return to acting, as he first launched his acting career there in 1977.
The 'Terminator' star wore his signature cowboy boots to receive the Legion d'Honeur from the French government this morning at the film festival (Previous recipients of France's highest honor include Bono, Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood.)