Arnold announced his return to acting at a press conference in MipTV in Cannes. The franchise would have consisted of a comic series, a 3-D animated film, an animated TV series and video games. Stan Lee was developing the project alongside Andy and Amy Heyward of A Squared Entertainment. The plan was to release the cartoon TV series and comic books first, after that video games were to be released and then to round things out with the feature-length 3-D animated production according to Arnold.
The series was expected to debut sometime in 2012 and German-based Your Family Entertainment was handling the world sales rights. A trailer of the animated series was released on YouTube featuring the The Black Eyed Peas song "Pump It". The trailer suggested that the franchise was a throw-back to the late-eighties, early-nineties Saturday morning cartoons.
The Governator featured a fictionalized Schwarzenegger who after stepping down from his role as Governor of California became a superhero in order to fight crime.
On May 20, 2011, A Squared Entertainment announced that production of The Governator was halted in the wake of Schwarzenegger's infidelity scandal.
- Zakarin, Jordan (March 31, 2011). "'The Governator': Arnold Schwarzenegger Developing New Cartoon, Comic Book". The Huffington Post.
- "Arnold Schwarzenegger teams with Stan Lee on 'The Governator'". Los Angeles Times. March 31, 2011.
- Roxborough, Scott (April 4, 2011). "Arnold Schwarzenegger Announces 3D ‘Governator’ Film". Hollywood Reporter.
- "The Governator Trailer". YouTube.
- "Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Governator' officially a no-go". Los Angeles Times. May 20, 2011.
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