We, some two months ago, brought you the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger would soon jump in front of the camera for Black Sands, an — oh, come on, what else? — actioner that casts him as “a loner who wages war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer and his private army in the Southwest.” Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, the duo behind next year’s Act of Valor, would be directing a script from A Good Day to Die Hard scribe Skip Woods. Somebody was bound to get shot in the process.
Things have changed here or there in the time since, with TheArnoldFans telling us that the prospective thrill ride has not only been renamed to Black Sunday, but will also see him playing “an immortal” — or, as the man himself put it, “a kind of angel.” First, that title: Though I don’t expect a heap of originality from an Arnold Schwarzenegger film, it’s odd to bestow one of his next projects with such a generic, familiar moniker. And, yes, I’m aware that he has a forthcoming movie called The Last Stand. (There have been quite a few films titled Black Sunday, among them a Mario Bava horror picture and a Thomas Harris adaptation that doesn’t concern a high society cannibal.)
Otherwise, Schwarzenegger playing an immortal killing machine is only the next logical step for a career that’s seen him play a basic equivalent for the past four decades; there’s at least that much to look forward to, if it’s anything at all. Shooting on the project is expected to kick off on April 1st, making a release in early 2013 for Black Sands a strong possibility. I’m marginally interested, personally speaking.
Any reaction to this new title? How about Schwarzenegger’s character?
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