Former California Governor and action genre legend Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man who has seen and done it all; mostly. From bodybuilding and terminating to cigar-smoking and governating, there are few stones the man has left unturned. He’s also one of the few actors who has been able to find success in both dramatic and comedic roles on the silver screen. One thing he has yet to do is front a scripted, live-action television series.
Well, it looks like that stone is about to get turned on Netflix, and the show is “FUBAR.”
For those who may not know, FUBAR is thought to have derived from the US military, and is an acronym that stands for “Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition.” It’s also just fun to say, like literally the combination of syllables just sounds innately comical. Anyway, it’s also the name of the new action-comedy series that Schwarzenegger will be starring in for Netflix.
“FUBAR” is the creation of Nick Santora (“Prison Break,” “Lie to Me,” Scorpion,”). Schwarzenegger’s filmography basically needs no introduction. He has done some television work before; he directed and starred in an episode of “Tales From the Crypt,” did some voice work for a few animated projects, and was the star of the short lived revival of “The New Celebrity Apprentice.” When it comes to a scripted live-action series, this is a first for the Austrian actor.
While the trailer doesn’t give a lot of information about what the show’s about, it does clearly state Arnold is “back.” This is reassuring considering the number of times he’s told us he’ll be back. What exactly is he back for? It’s an eight episode season about a father and daughter both discovering that they work as CIA operatives. As for the tone they’re going for, Arnold himself puts it best when he said “‘FUBAR‘” will kick your ass and make you laugh — and not just for two hours. You get a whole season.”
For now, we have a trailer that shows around 20 seconds of footage that includes Arnold lighting a cigar, driving a car, shooting a gun, and getting backhanded in the crotch. Hopefully we get a bit more detail in the future.
There is still time for Netflix the stoke the flames of the pre-release a bit higher, though. “FUBAR” is set to premiere May 25th, 2023.