Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger is finally moving to the small screen for his first starring role in a TV series, signing on to star in and executive produce Amazon's Western event series entitled Outrider. While Arnold Schwarzenegger did host NBC's Celebrity Apprentice last year, before quitting the series due to anti-Trump protests, this Outrider series will mark the first narrative TV series Arnold Schwarzenegger has ever starred in. The actor will also serve as an executive producer alongside Mace Neufeld, who produces Amazon's upcoming Jack Ryan series starring John Krasinski.
Outrider is described as a mystery series set in the Oklahoma Indian Territory in the late 1800s. The story follows a young deputy who is presented with the task of bringing in a legendary outlaw who has been hiding out in the wilderness. A "notoriously brutal judge" has also paired the deputy with a "ruthless Federal Marshall," to make sure that they get their man. As the story continues, "enemies will become allies" as a series of surprising events will "blur the line between good guys and bad." Arnold Schwarzenegger will play the Federal Marshall, who immigrated to the U.S. from Europe as a child. This project may be an answer, of sorts, to Netflix's Western series entitled Godless, which has been getting rave reviews since its debut in November, although it's clear that both will be vastly different shows.
The event series will be co-written and co-created by Trey Callaway and Mark Montgomery, who will both serve as executive producers alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mace Neufeld. Trey Callaway is coming off of recent stints as an executive producer and writer on shows such as APB and Rush Hour. He has also served as a writer and producer on The Messengers, Revolution, Whodunit?, CSI: NY, W.I.T.C.H. and Mercy Point. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1998 big screen thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer.
This project is just the latest in Amazon Studio's latest push for genre content, with this show marking their first Western series. The streaming service plunked down at least $5 million fr a Super Bowl trailer for their highly-anticipated Jack Ryan series, and there have been reports that they will spend upwards of $1 billion for their highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings series. The streaming service is also developing a Starsky & Hutch reboot with James Gunn and his brothers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, along with another project that will be familiar to Arnold Schwarzenegger fans.
We reported yesterday that Amazon is developing a new series based on the Conan the Barbarian stories, first created by Robert E. Howard. Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the 1982 movie adaptation of Conan the Barbarian, and its 1984 sequel Conan the Destroyer. There was also talk that the actor would return as the mighty Conan in the sequel Legend of Conan, although it isn't clear when that project will start production. Deadline broke the news on the Outrider series earlier today.