Just a day after Amazon announced a new Conan the Barbarian series, Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the 1982 movie Conan the Barbarian, has signed up to star and executive produce a new Western series for Amazon called OUTRIDER.
Set in the late 19th Century, the Austrian-b0rn actor and former California governor will play a ruthless Federal Marshall who teams with a deputy in Oklahoma Indian Territory to catch a notorious outlaw in the wilderness.
Trey Callaway (APB) and Mark Montgomery will write and executive produce the series with Mace Neufeld executive producing along with Schwarzenegger.
Represented by CAA and Bloom Hergott, Schwarzenegger is looking at taking his first regular television series role after appearing on other shows and hosting a single season of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. It’s an interesting decision for the actor who has been relatively quiet in the past couple years other than the Taran Killem action-comedy Killing Gunther and the indie drama Aftermath. Since completing his run as governor, Schwarzenegger has mainly been looking at revisiting older franchise with projects in development like Triplets and yet another Terminator movie. He was also supposed to reprise his Conan the Barbarian role for a movie that might be tabled with the planned Amazon series.
Besides APB for Fox, Callaway has also written for a number of shows including Rush Hour, CSI: NY and his own show Mercy Point. Neufeld is also producing John Krasinski’s Jack Ryan series for Amazon.
The news was first reported on by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor