James Cameron Developing a True Lies TV Series


I’ve always thought that James Cameron’s “True Lies” has been criminally underappreciated over the years, but apparently Cameron still has a fondess for it, because he and 20th Century Fox have been hashing out a TV version of the show for a while now, and with show runner Rene Echevarria (“The 4400″) attached, is ready to start pitching it to networks.

Like, duh. There won’t be a whole lot of pitching here. It’s James Cameron post-“Avatar”. This guy could probably get a napkin its own TV series if he wanted to right now. “From James Cameron, the creator of ‘Avatar’, comes … ‘Napkin: The Series!'” They’re going to get their pick of networks.

For those who didn’t see the 1994 original (itself based on a French flick), the action-comedy starred Arnold Schwarzengger as Harry Tasker, a badass American superspy who, along with his funny but curiously very competent sidekick Tom Arnold, fights terrorism and other assorted bad guys. The movie saw Harry married to mousy secretary Helen (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) with a delinquent teenage daughter (played by Eliza Dushku before the whole hotness explosion happened) at home. Harry’s job and home life collides when he discovers that a sleazy car salesman posing as a spy (played by a hilarious Bill Paxton) has been picking up his wife. Plus, that whole terrorism thing.

“True Lies” was a pretty big hit back in 1994, and I remembered loving the hell out of it in theaters. It’s also been re-running on TV for years now, so you’ve probably stumbled across it once or twice.

No idea how a TV series would work, but I’m assuming a superspy husband/dad trying to save the world while keeping his secret identity from his family at the same time. At the end of “True Lies”, Helen had gotten wise to Harry’s identity and was actively working alongside him as a fellow spy, but I don’t think they’ll want to do that for the TV series. For one, there’s already a spy series like that — J.J. Abrams’ “Undercovers”.

And oh yeah, there was this scene from “True Lies”, with a no-longer mousy Helen ala Jamie Lee Curtis in her prime:

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Ah the memories of that scene! LoL. I think a show would’ve worked back when the movie came out, but with all these movies like “Mr and Mrs. Smith,” “Knight and Day,” and the show “Undercovers” I think it’d be beating a dead horse. ESPECIALLY if you’re back tracking and making it so the family doesn’t know again. if anything let the wife know but the kid doesn’t know.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Maybe they can get Eliza Dushku to play the wife lol. They could actually mix it up, make the wife the spy instead this time, etc. Could work.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Doing that would work. I’d watch that. I understand making a change for the show, but just redoing the premise of the movie as a TV show would get boring to me. The role change you suggested would work, or them trying to keep it from the kid (or maybe kids) and inlaws would work too.