Action hero and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the silver screen after a four-year hiatus. He will be back in the new action-thriller “Breakout” directed by Scott Waugh (“Expendables 4”).
In “Breakout” Schwarzenegger will play Terry Reynolds. When his stepson is framed and sentenced to 25 years in a foreign country, Reynolds does what any loving stepfather would, makes a daring jailbreak to save him. The pair must overcome an overzealous prison warden, in a race against time to avoid capture and flee the country.
The film plans to begin shooting this year in Eastern Europe. “Breakout” is financed and produced by Greenland-based Anton and Off the Pier Productions (Canary Black). Anton will be handling world sales, with UTA Independent Film Group co-repping the domestic rights. Anton recently launched the movie ahead of the Cannes market.
The screenplay is written by Richard D’Ovidio (“The Last Frontier”) based on a story he co-created with Nicole D’Ovidio. Sebastien Raybaud and John Zois from Anton are producing. Along wih Jeff Elliott and Chad Moore from Off the Pier Productions, Oscar nominee Cindy Cowan from Cindy Cowan Entertainment, Carsten Lorenz, and Danny Chan from Almost Never Films. Steve Ponce will executive produce.
“We are proud to be on board to make Scott’s vision come alive with the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead,” Raybaud said. “This is the perfect fit for Anton’s slate to continue delivering high-quality entertainment with big scale to the global market.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Scott, fresh off the much-anticipated Expendables 4, which is going to be huge,” Elliott added. “Pair that with Arnold, arguably the greatest action star in the history of film, and this is going to be a very fun ride for audiences all over the world.”
Schwarzenegger will be seen next in Netflix’s “Fubar” series, which hits May 25th. We’ll keep you post about updated about “Breakout” as they become available.