After ''T3,'' Arnold plans family comedy. In ''Big Sir,'' he'll chaperone his future stepchildren

By Gary Susman
July 14, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Rena Durham/ZUMA Press/Newscom

He’ll be back — on the studio lot, that is. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s remains coy about whether he’s giving up his day job to run for governor of California, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s still eyeing two starring roles in upcoming movies. One is a new project, ”Big Sir,” a family comedy for New Line about a man who travels across the country with his future stepchildren. Of course, being a Schwarzenegger movie, it has him and the kids pursued by bad guys along the way, whom Arnold will surely dispatch with grim puns before treating the kids to ice cream.

The other is his long-in-development update of ”Westworld,” the 1973 Michael Crichton movie about a theme park full of robots who turn against their human masters. (Sounds like familiar ground for the Terminator.) Also, he’s developing a ”Conan the Barbarian” sequel, to be produced by the Wachowski brothers (of ”Matrix” fame), which would focus on a young Barbarian successor.

Schwarzenegger initially said he wouldn’t announce whether he’d run for governor until after the opening of ”Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” Nearly two weeks later, a Schwarzenegger spokesperson now tells the Reporter that the actor won’t announce his decision until next month.