Netflix Picks Up Arnold Schwarzenegger’s New Spy Show

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has given us some iconic characters during his lucrative career as a Hollywood action star. From playing the Terminator to Conan the Barbarian and even more recently Gunner from ‘The Expendables’ franchise, he has epitomized his legendary catchphrase, “I’ll be back.”

The seventy-three year old former California governor is making a comeback with his first major foray into scripted television with Skydance Television and Netflix for an eight-episode untitled spy series from Nick Santora, former executive producer of ‘Scorpion.’ The ‘Predator’ actor will executive produce and star in the series along with Monica Barbaro (‘Top Gun: Maverick’).


According to a press release obtained by Deadline, the plot picks up “when a father (Schwarzenegger) and daughter (Barbaro) learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA Operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all. Forced to team up as partners, our series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, fantastic action and humor.”

“Fans from all over the world have been asking me for a wild ride like this for years, and now they’re finally going to get it because of our great partners at Skydance and Netflix,” Schwarzenegger said. “I am beyond pumped to start work on the show with Nick and Monica and the whole team.”

Santora developed the idea as part of a deal he inked with Skydance, his latest since becoming the showrunner for ‘Reacher,’ a television series based on the Jack Reacher novels.

“It’s been an honor to step into the world Lee Child created with Jack Reacher and I’m thrilled to expand my partnership with Skydance,” Santora told Deadline at the time. “(Skydance execs) share my desire to tell larger than life stories with remarkable characters and I look forward to working together with the entire Skydance creative team to create compelling television series.”


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