With Arnold Schwarzenegger out of politics and back into acting, there have been a lot of sequels on the books for the Govenator from ‘Terminator: Genisys,’ ‘The Legend of Conan,’ and even ‘Triplets,’ but another film that hasn’t been metioned was ‘Running Man’… until now. The 1987 hit about an innocent man who has to survive a public execution that is played out as a game show looks like it may just be returning to a world gone wrong.
During a recent Q&A in London, Schwarzenegger was talking about sequels in general that started out with him talking about ‘The Legend of Conan’ where he said that “It’s an honor to be asked back after all these years, back to the franchise. This is really wild.” He followed that “They’re doing a Twins sequel, to be called Triplets. I’ve read the first draft.” He continued with “There’s rumblings of a new Running Man movie, so it’s a great honor to be asked back.”
While rumblings are good, it’s clearly too early to hear any details of the film or how exactly they’ll be returning Schwarzenegger to the role. I’m wondering if Stephen King had any feedback on a sequel as the original movie was based off his work. If he does have a say in the script, I’m sure King fans everywhere will instantly perk up at this news.
Let’s be honest though, he isn’t the only star making a come back with classic roles as Schwarzenegger point out, “Harrison Ford was recently asked to get back to Star Wars, but it’s very rare to come back [after so many years].” That is a good point!
Of course with Arnold’s most iconic role being redone right now, he did say that for ‘Terminator: Genisys,’ “It comes back to bodybuilding, I’m used to doing cardiovascular training every day. Therefore I’m still in good shape, and I can do the action and have the energy to do these movies. They feel comfortable to ask me back and know that I can pull it off and do the stunts.”
While at least this sounds like a continuation and not a reboot. I’m just not able to figure out how they would put him back into the role. Is he going to be blamed for another crime? I loved the first film and wouldn’t mind seeing it brought back if there was a way to feasibly do it that could be sold as a continuation that didn’t require you to have seen the first movie to get it. I don’t feel that ‘Running Man’ had quite the mainstream following as many of Arnold’s other works.
You can watch the full interview below:
What do you think about a return to the world of ‘Running Man 2’?
Source: Digital Spy