Well, for now, it looks like Schwarzenegger is putting his filmmaking comeback on hold. The former Governor of California has announced that he's stepping away from developing projects like "Cry Macho" and "Terminator 5" for the time being in order to focus on his personal life in light of his confession that he fathered a child with a longtime member of his household staff over a decade ago.
"Governor Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines," reads a statement from Schwarzenegger's representatives at CAA. "This includes 'Cry Macho,' The 'Terminator' franchise and other projects under consideration. We will resume discussions when Governor Schwarzenegger decides."
There's no word on how this influences production on "The Governator," his cartoon and comic book series that fictionalizes Arnold's post-political life as a crime-fighting superhero. But given his high-profile separation from wife Maria Shriver and this week's shocking confession, the family-friendly "Governator" doesn't exactly seem like a likely prospect.
If or when Arnold decides to dive back into Hollywood, many box office experts predict that his highly publicized personal troubles won't influence his chances as a movie star. But those predictions don't matter if Arnold himself decides to stay away from the public eye — and given his current situation, perhaps Schwarzenegger won't be back, at least not any time soon.
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