There are few people who were as excited as I was once Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to acting. His brief scene in Expendables was a highlight of the very awesome first film. Then, Expendables 2 hit and took a bit of the wind out of my sails. Still, I held out hope for a decent return to form. After all, this is Commando! The Terminator! This is the guy who hid himself in mud to kick Predator’s ass! He got close to that return with Escape Plan and Sabotage but then went back for Expendables 3, which was absolutely horrible. We will soon see just how his turn in Terminator: Genisys turns out but if things work out the way he plans, a return to some of his old franchises may be in play, whether Terminator is successful or not. That includes returning to the world created by Richard Bachman (or, Stephen King, if you like that better), that Arnold visited in The Running Man. If Arnold is to be believed, he will soon be running once again.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Schwarzenegger mentioned that there may be a bit more steam left in The Running Man.
“There’s rumblings of a new Running Man movie, so it’s a great honor to be asked back.”
Before we get too much further, let’s take a look at the trailer for the original Running Man.
Now, I love this movie in all its cheesy glory but let’s be frank here. The Running Man was a hell of a blast but it is NOT screaming for a sequel. Honestly, where could the story go at this point? Spoiler Alert: the game at the center of the story collapsed by the end of the movie and if you want to go back to the source material, Schwarzenegger’s character is dead in the final moments of the story. So, it’s not like there is even more to the story that we didn’t see on screen. Then again, considering the Twins sequel Triplets may still be in play, I suppose Hollywood’s really willing to put Arnold in anything.
“They’re doing a Twins sequel, to be called Triplets. I’ve read the first draft.”
Ugh. I’m not the type of fanboy to cry foul everytime an unneeded or unwarranted sequel is discussed but both Triplets and Running Man 2 sound like bad life decisions. I’ve definitely been wrong before and it’ll happen again, so perhaps Triplets may wind up being box office gold and catapults Arnold, Danny DeVito, and Eddie Murphy back to the top of the Hollywood Elite List. Maybe Running Man 2 will grab Martin Scorsese or Christopher Nolan and become the type of movie that filmmakers look to in film school to find that perfect display of cinematic genius. I’m not holding my breath but, hey, it could happen.
If you want to check out the entire interview, including Arnold likening Sabotage to Predator, hit the play button!
Are you ready for another go at The Running Man? Do you think Arnold has even a chance at a legitimate comeback at this point?
Source: Digital Spy