Arnold Schwarzenegger’s animated television series “The Governator” has become the latest victim of the former governor’s fathering a child outside his marriage to Maria Shriver. The producers of the cartoon casting Schwarzenegger as himself — a superhero who must balance crime fighting with family duties — said Friday that they have pulled the plug on the planned series.
“In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production,” A Squared said in a statement referring to the various entities that were developing and producing “The Governator” and publishing a comic book based on the series. The producers had been selling broadcast rights to the series before the scandal broke, but no episodes have yet been shown on television.
A Squared said it made its decision after Schwarzenegger said Thursday that he was putting his upcoming movie projects, including “Cry Macho” and a “Terminator” sequel, on hold to focus on his personal life. But a person who works at A Squared, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak for the production company, said the show’s makers made the decision Thursday morning, before Schwarzenegger’s announcement.
According to a confidential outline for the show obtained by The Times, “The Governator” cast Schwarzenegger as a superhero who “leads a double life” that includes being “a devoted family man” who “has to remember his anniversary, his kids’ birthdays” in subplots that are “milked for comedy, tension and conflict.”
The Times reported Tuesday that the 63-year-old Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years had separated after he disclosed to her that he had fathered a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of his household staff.
– John Horn
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