Arnold Schwarzenegger is all set to feature in his own scripted television series Utap. The announcement of the series was made in 2020 and first time in his five-decade spanning career, Arnold will be featuring in a self scripted TV series.
According to Deadline, the project had a lot of competition, but Netflix finally won the takeover bid. Schwarzenegger has very little experience on television and has never appeared in a significant part for a series, so the news is really intriguing.
The buying of Utap also extends Netflix’s and Skydance’s productive partnership. In 2020, the studio collaborated on The Old Guard with Denver and Delilah Films, as well as 6 Underground with Bay Films, which was one of Netflix’s most costly productions to date. Grace and Frankie, as well as the science fiction series Altered Carbon, were also created by the company.
For years, a father and daughter worked as CIA operatives, but each kept their role disguised from the other, resulting in their whole relationship is based on a massive deception. After discovering one other’s CIA participation, the two are compelled to work together as partners and realise who each other truly is amid the backdrop of explosive action and espionage.
The only two members who have been confirmed as the cast members of the TV series are Arnold and actress Monica Barbaro. The rest of the cast has not been announced yet but this has left a lot to the imagination of fans who are still speculating as to who could be a part of this mega project.
Utap’s production status
Officially, the project is under pre-production. According to ProductionWeekly, the series is reportedly in pre-production as of January 2022. The shooting will happen in Toronto, Canada.
Schwarzenegger and his acting career
The sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian, which was a box-office blockbuster in 1982, was Schwarzenegger’s breakout picture. Conan the Destroyer, a sequel, was released in 1984, however, it was not as popular as its predecessor. Schwarzenegger appeared in the commercial video Carnival in Rio in 1983. In 1984, he made his debut appearance as the titular character in James Cameron’s science fiction action picture The Terminator, which some consider being his hallmark role. Following that, in 1985, Schwarzenegger released Red Sonja. Action movies were popular in the 1980s, and both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone became international stars.
Schwarzenegger’s commercial apex came in 1991 when he reprised his role as the titular character in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which was the year’s highest-grossing picture.
“Schwarzenegger’s talent as a movie star is to pick roles that build on, rather than undercut, his physical and vocal traits,” said film critic Roger Ebert. He was voted International Star of the Decade by the National Association of Theatre Owners in 1993. His second feature, the self-aware action comedy farce Last Action Hero, was released in 1993 alongside Jurassic Park and bombed at the box office. Schwarzenegger’s next film, the comedic drama True Lies (1994), was a blockbuster espionage picture that reunited him with James Cameron.