From the files marked “Is nothing sacred?” comes the news that True Lies is returning as a TV show, and casting is underway First up is Shameless and Reba star Steve Howey as lead Harry Tasker, according to Variety.

The CBS drama pilot based on James Cameron’s 1994 slice of excellence will follow the same basic premise – outwardly Harry is a risk-averse computer salesman with a family. His real job is as a spy and operative working for a completely covert part of U.S. Intelligence, traveling the world and preventing disaster.


As with the Cameron film, Harry’s wife is soon tangled up in his adventures as she finds out her husband is not the man she thought he was, and they have to save both the world and their marriage.

Harry was, of course, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original. Jamie Lee Curtis was his wife, with Tia Carrera, Art Malik, Eliza Dushku and Tom Arnold making up the at, along with a cameo from Charlton Heston.

True Lies was, in turn, a remake of La Totale! A 1991 French spy comedy film directed by Claude Zidi.

Burn Notice creator Matt Nix is writing the pilot and executive producing while Anthony Hemingway will direct and executive produce. Executive producers also in for points will be Cameron, McG, Rae Sanchini, Mary Viola, and Corey Marsh. 20th Television is behind the show.

The movie theater where I went to see True Lies was demolished a few years ago, and I still can’t watch it on BluRay at home. It is currently unavailable for digital purchase. In 2018, James Cameron stated that a new transfer for Blu-ray has been completed, but he hasn’t found time to review it. Still busy on Pandora, no doubt.

A sequel was written, Cameron, Schwarzenegger, and Curtis were all locked to return and things were set. Then 9/11 happened and as the script contained both terrorism and a plane crash scene, Cameron lost his appetite for the project, saying:

“Terrorism is no longer something to take as lightly as we did in the first one. I just can’t see it happening given the current world climate.”

Tom Arnold visibly deflated at this news.

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