The 1994 action-comedy movie True Lies will soon get the small screen treatment, as a TV series adaptation is in the works. Developed by McG, the series will be a part of Disney's upcoming Disney+ streaming service. In a recent interview, McG confirmed the new series, noting he is very involved in its creative process.
"I'm writing that one, which is very exciting, because I'm so passionate about that story where you think you know your partner but you don't," McG clarifies. Better yet, the movie's director James Cameron is fully on board after hearing about what McG is planning to do with the property.
At this point, it's not entirely clear if the show will be set in the same universe as the original movie or if it will be a complete reboot. When asked about Arnold Schwarzenegger possibly appearing on the show, McG says there have been discussions about it, but that the series will be "largely rebooted." Presumably, if there's a way to creatively work Schwarzenegger or any other stars of the movie into the TV series, it could be seen as a sequel. For now, because McG is still writing the show and it's in the very early stages, it remains to be seen if the two properties will be officially linked in terms of storyline.
Released in 1994, True Lies starred Schwarzenegger as a family man secretly working as a spy for the U.S. government, all the while keeping what he does private from his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter (Eliza Dushku). Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Grant Heslov, and Charlton Heston also appeared in the movie in prominent roles. The movie was a tremendous success at the box office, earning nearly $379 million at the box office. As one of the most popular action movies of the '90s, the movie is still fondly remembered by many people to this day.
Based on the success of the first movie, James Cameron began to develop a True Lies sequel around the start of the new millennium. However, Cameron scrapped these plans after the events of September 11, 2001, unwilling to make light of terrorism in a new action-comedy movie. The closest the sequel ever came to happening following this was in the Tom Arnold comedy The Kid & I, featuring Arnold playing a fictional actor based on himself. The plot of the movie actually focuses on the fictional development of True Lies 2, and it even features cameos from Schwarzenegger and Curtis.
After acquiring Fox, it seems Disney next has their sights set on cornering the digital streaming market. In addition to developing their own streaming service with Disney+, the house of mouse recently bought Netflix's biggest competitor in Hulu as well. Throw in original properties based on popular Marvel and Star Wars movies, and it will be almost impossible not to subscribe. You can watch McG speaking about the upcoming True Lies reboot in the YouTube video below, courtesy of Collider.