The Governator, the new 52-episode children’s animated series from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stan Lee and producer Andy Heyward unveiled on Monday at MIPTV, is closing in on sales in several countries.
Because of Schwarzenegger’s Austrian heritage, the German-speaking European countries, where the actor is extremely popular, were among the first to pick up the series. In Germany, it went to RTL2, in Austria to public broadcaster ORF and in the German-speaking part of Switzerland to SFR.
Word is producers are in talks with the BBC in the U.K., TF1 in France and Antena 3 in Spain as well as company Endemol for worldwide rights. Outside of Europe, a deal with Cartoon Latin America is being finalized, while talks are underway with Malaysian distributor Juita Viden. The producers of the series, about an superhero version of Schwarzenegger, plan to line up international sales first before taking The Governator out to U.S. networks, something expected to be done in a few weeks.
Kate Bulkley is covering MIPTV at Cannes for Deadline
At a MIPTV press conference this morning, Arnold Schwarzenegger added a 3D feature film to rollout plans for his multi-platform project The Governator. The film is part of a plan that will include an animated TV series, a comic book and Internet programming. The feature film will be ready in early 2013, said A Squared Entertainment’s Andy Heyward, who launched the project along with Schwarzenegger and Stan Lee, the producer behind the project. He told Deadline that it all starts with a 52-episode series that will feature the voice and animated image of Schwarzenegger as a superhero bent on beating the bad guys and the forces of evil.
Schwarzenegger, who received the Legion d’Honeur this morning in Cannes, came wearing his signature cowboy boots. Now “termed out” in his former job as California’s governor, he said he was happy to return to Cannes to announce his return to acting. Cannes is where his acting career launched in 1977. “In public life when you are governor, you have to deal with keeping the beaches clean and making sure there is enough funding for the after-school programs and lunch programs,” he told the packed press conference. “But as an action hero, you just have to save the world.” Schwarzenegger was seated in front of a sign with his animated image as the Governator that said simply: “I’m back.”
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