UPDATED: Looks like this baby is still called Black Sands. One of TheArnoldFans sent us this – “SORRY…Okay, it looks like we are back to the film title ‘Black Sands!’ An Arnold rep contacted us and explained there must have been a translation problem from Google translator on the title. The original source, written by one of Arnold’s close Austrian friends, either accidentally wrote ‘Black Sunday’ or the translation to English was off. Either way, it sounds like the plot remains equally as exciting with Arnold as an angel! Production start date: April!”
We still haven’t seen any finished products from the newly out-of-retirement Arnold Schwarzenegger hit the theaters. But with his first project back in the acting world, Last Stand, done shooting, and the first trailer for Stallone’s upcoming Expendables sequel (where Arnie reportedly has a meatier role) having come and gone, all that will soon be remedied. Now that the action legend has his first round of comeback movies in the can, what’s next on his schedule?
According to fan site The Arnold Fans, it’s going to be a movie called Black Sunday, which was previously being developed under the title Black Sands. Reportedly the film is about an immortal character who is in a war against a group of evil arms dealers. When asked details about the project, Schwarzenegger replied, “I’m a kind of angel,” but stopped short by adding, “I can not currently say more about this film.” His lawyers have trained him well.
While I’m a huge fan of big, dumb Arnold Schwarzenegger action movies, and am definitely in favor of him making an acting comeback, I have to say that this project immediately throws up some red flags with me. If Schwarzenegger is going to successfully come back to the action world now that he’s in his 60s, he’s going to have to pick his projects very carefully. Last Stand is about a grizzled old law man who’s close to retirement, a role that sounds like a perfect way to start off the comeback. The Expendables 2 is all about a group of gruff old men getting back together to kick ass again, an environment that Arnie won’t look at all out of place in. But this movie…why would an immortal angel look like a wrinkly old man?
If done poorly, this is the sort of thing that could lead to a Schwarzenegger comeback being looked at as a mockery. He needs to take roles that have words like “grizzled,” “gruff,” or even “past his prime” in their descriptions; the kind of stuff late career Clint Eastwood would do. To ignore the fact that he’s in his 60s and start taking age inappropriate roles that would be better suited to somebody like The Rock will just make him…Nic Cage. And don’t get me wrong, I love me some Nic Cage, but we really only have room for one of him in Hollywood. The guy’s making like three or four crappy movies a year. At this rate they’re going to run out of wigs. [via Cinema Blend]