James Cameron's True Lies Is Headed to Television

Posted 2017/09/16 0 0

The 1994 blockbuster hit True Lies may be coming back... to a TV screen.


Deadline reports Fox has given a put pilot commitment to an hour-long episode. Marc Guggenheim will write and executive produce the project. James Cameron, who directed the film, will executive produce along with McG, Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini, and Mary Viola. McG is also attached to direct the pilot. 20th Century Fox TV will produce in association with McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

The original True Lies movie follows superspy Harry Tasker, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who keeps his true occupation a secret from his wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter Dana (Eliza Dushku). It took in a worldwide total of $378.8 million and also starred Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Charlton Heston, Tia Carrere and Eliza Dushku. It was a remake of the French comedy La Totale! from 1991. Curtis won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. Cameron won the Saturn Award for Best Director. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Should “True Lies” make it to series, it would also be the latest in a long line of films adapted into TV series. In recent years, broadcast networks have created TV versions of films like “Limitless,” “Frequency,” “Taken,” “Training Day,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Uncle Buck,” “Rush Hour,” and “Minority Report,” to name just a few. Fox also tried to adapt “Behind Enemy Lines” into a series last season, but the project did not end up being ordered to series.

McG is involved with another recent TV remake of an action classic, having directed the first two episodes of the Lethal Weapon TV series.