James Cameron's True Lies Is Being Turned Into a TV Show

Image: Fox
Image: Fox

The 1994 James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzengger, and Jamie Lee Curtis blockbuster hit True Lies may be coming back... to a TV screen near you.


Fox will attempt to turn the action film into a television show, with Cameron aboard to produce and McG, director of Charlie’s Angels and Terminator Salvation, potentially directing the pilot. Prolific TV producer/writer Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Flashforward, Legends of Tomorrow) will write the first episode, which will offer a modern take on the movie’s story.

True Lies is about a seemingly mundane suburban family in which the wife (Curtis) and teenage daughter have no idea that the father (Schwarzenegger) is actually a super spy. By the end—spoilers—the wife character becomes a secret agent, too. If it wasn’t already a movie, the plot already sounds like a TV show. I’ve been a huge True Lies fan since it was first released and still quote some of its weirder moments (most of which involve Bill Paxton) regularly. I never considered it as anything but a movie, but this makes perfect sense; the whole thing just has a simple, adaptable structure. Plus, there’s tons of quirky side characters, action, spy-gadget stuff, and humor. It could almost be a sitcom, actually.


True Lies has a put-pilot deal with Fox, which means at least the first episode will make it on air (if the first episode gets made, of course). And for us True Lies fans, since we’ll never get a sequel, this sounds like the next best thing.

[Hollywood Reporter]

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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I just spit balling here... But what a bout an original concept for a TV Show? Gonna come up with 5 pitches right now. All spy ones.

1. A grandfather in a retirement home is the last gentleman spy. When ever a child/familiy member of one his old colleagues gets caught in a black ops operation he has to go in to save them as the government denies any involvement, . Set in England played by Jonathan Pryce

2. Five 20 something strangers to each other learn at learn that their families did not die in a plane crash on the way to Hawaii, but that they were secret agents. The whole Spy organisation was taken out, they learn of this and find their parents lairs. they have to take up the fight now. Cast: Holland Roden, Ashley Rickards and 3 hot young dues.

3. Soccer mom fights evil terror organization in addition to driving her 8 year old twins to soccer practice, Her neighbor is the man in the chair. She must complete each mission in 90 minutes before getting her kids, set in Dc, Julie Benz.

4. Sam Niell is not an actor, he is a super spy. All this films are locations for his assignment. We follow him balance acting and completing the mission, they complement each other in moral etc

5. A Canadian Agent has to team up with an South African Agent to take down a secret terror organization in Australia. Fish out of water, comedy : Canadian: Jon Lajoie South African: Sharlto Copley

OK, took me 20 minutes to come up with those, OK, the Sam Niell one is an old idea of mine... Still. Tv executives... IF you make any of thee I expect to see some green...