Now that his time as Caleeeeforneea governor has expired, Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed at Cannes plans for his post-political career. He’s partnered with Stan Lee on the new transmedia property – The Governator – which will follow the animated exploits of the former California Governor-turned-superhero. First, there will be The Governator comic books; then a (animated) TV series; then video games; and then a movie.
The Governator posits Schwarzenegger as a devoted family man by day and a crime fighter by night. The series will pit The Governator and an elite team of teens against “the global villainy and 21st century disasters that no one else is equipped to handle.” The franchise will introduce super suits and state-of-the-art weapons and vehicles, which will open up new game play for the video game portion of the series. I will say this much for Arnold – he is as ambitious as he is narcissistic.
Archie Comics will launch the print and digital comic book franchise, which is being overseen by Lee’s POW! Entertainment. A Squared Entertainment (A2) will produce the animated TV series and 3-D movie and manage the global licensing, merchandising, and distribution.
The video game franchise will be a key part of The Governator, launching after the animated series (which will feature the voice of Larry King), but before the 3D movie. Schwarzenegger will be part of the video game, which marks only the second time he has jumped into the interactive space.
Check out the trailer for the animated series below. I literally “laughed-out-loud”.