True Lies continues to be one of the most underrated action movies of all time, but it looks like the James Cameron/Arnold Schwarzenegger classic is finally about to get the respect it deserves by way of a new TV series.
The new series is being written and developed by director McG (Charlies Angels, Terminator: Salvation), with original film director James Cameron acting as a producer. That all seems well and good, but what seems odd is where the new show will be seen. “Well, right now my new thing for television is I’m doing True Lies at Disney+,” McG told Collider. “Which is exciting. 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.”
Disney acquired the rights to True Lies when the studio purchased 20th Century Fox, so it makes sense that they would do something with the property, but Disney+ seems like an odd fit. Disney has revealed that Disney+ will have a strict PG-13 limit on its content, with the studio’s more adult fare finding a home on Hulu, which Disney now wholly owns. And since the original True Lies was very much an R-rated movie, it would seem to make sense to put a TV adaptation on Hulu if the series was going to keep the spirit of the original. But a PG-13 True Lies series on Disney+? That, we’re not so sure about.
One silver lining to this may be the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to True Lies… in some capacity, anyway. Here’s what McG had to say about that possibility: “There’s talk of that. It’s largely rebooted but there may be a spot there, we’ll see.” OK, that’s admittedly not a strong indication that he’s super serious about bringing Arnold on board, but it certainly would be fun to once again see the Austrian Oak take on the role of superspy/suburban husband Harry Tasker.